Bulldogs Finish In Third Place In Ivy League
Yale's 2017 season ended in thrilling fashion. Aldo Quevedo's goal with 5:15 left in the first overtime period lifted the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over Princeton on a cold afternoon at Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium.
The win earned Yale a tie for third place in the Ivy League, its highest finish since the 2005 Ivy championship.
The Bulldogs also end the year with their most overall wins since 2011.
"I'm not sure there is a more deserving team in the country to finish with a great overtime win and send our seniors out on a very positive note," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "They have been on the wrong end of too many of these games, and they absolutely deserved this. Princeton was 4-0-2 in its last six games and is always especially hard to play at home. The parity in the Ivy League is as close as it gets. Going into this game, we could finish as high as third and as low as eighth. We took care of our end, and for everything else to work out for us to finish third in the league is pretty remarkable."
Quevedo's winning goal came after Totte headed a ball to Miguel Yuste, who found Quevedo. Quevedo took a couple of dribbles along the wing and fired a shot inside the far post to set off a celebration on the Yale sideline.
Yale finished with a 13-7 edge in shots. The Bulldogs outshot their opponent in all seven Ivy games.
"I thought we started the game too tentatively, but once we settled in I thought we had the better of the game," Stannard said. "The team defending and commitment from everyone was amazing and I thought we created the better chances overall. When you defend like we did, all it takes is one goal and we got a great one set up by Josh and Miguel with a clinical finish from Aldo."
It was Quevedo's team-leading third goal of the season.
Goalkeeper Andrew Bortey made two saves to post the shutout. All five of Yale's wins on the season came by shutout.
The victory was part of a very successful day for Yale Athletics. The football clinched a share of the Ivy League title with a win at Princeton earlier in the day, and the volleyball team also won a share of the Ivy crowd with a victory at Columbia.
"What a great day for Yale athletics, and congratulations to Yale football and Yale volleyball on clinching the Ivy League Championship," Stannard said. "It's a great day to be a Bulldog."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity