No. 13 Bulldogs Drop Opener To No. 11 Duke

No. 13 Bulldogs Drop Opener To No. 11 Duke

Sept. 1, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - KayAnne Gummersall, Rebecca Moros and Darby Kroyer scored second-half goals as 11th-ranked Duke topped No. 13 Yale 3-0 before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,215 at Reese Stadium. It was the season-opener for the Bulldogs, while the Blue Devils were playing their third game.

"We're not game fit yet," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I thought we defended pretty well, but we've got some work to do on offense."

The Bulldogs had an excellent scoring chance early in the game, but Natasha Mann's shot from right in front banged off the cross bar. A few minutes later, Emma Whitfield fired a shot from the right wing that sailed just over the cross bar.

"For us to beat a team as good as Duke, we have to convert our chances," Meredith said.

After a scoreless first half, Duke got on the board in the 60th minute when Gummersall took a nifty feed from Elisabeth Redmond and slipped a shot into the left corner.

The Blue Devils scored twice in a four-minute stretch late in the second half to seal the victory. Moros scored first displaying some fancy footwork in the box at 80:27, and Kroyer blasted a free kick into the lower right corner from 20 yards out at 84:16.

Duke outshot the Bulldogs 24-10. Allison Lipsher made five saves to record her 19th career shutout. Susan Starr made eight saves in goal for Yale.

The game was a rematch of last year's memorable NCAA College Cup game when Laurel Karnes scored with one second left in the second half to set off a wild celebration at Reese Stadium and lifting the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory.

"We're very happy to be back here. The people have been great," said Duke head coach Robbie Church. "We knew it would be a tough game. We've already played some games and that's a big factor."

The Bulldogs play North Carolina on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The Tar Heels rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat UConn 3-2 in the second game. Duke and UConn meet in Sunday's second game.

"Duke is a very good team," Starr said. "We still have a couple of things to work on. We'll put this game behind us and prepare for Sunday."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity