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Bulldogs Earn 1-1 Draw At Hartford

Ally Grossman (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Ally Grossman (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

Alozie Scores Late In First Half To Tie Score

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The start of Ivy League play is only a little over a week away, but there are still lessons to be learned for the Yale women's soccer team.

Thursday night at Hartford, it was about playing a complete game. The Bulldogs got off to a sluggish start and were fortunate to earn a 1-1 tie with the Hawks on a warm night at Al-Marzook Field.

Hartford (5-1-1) outshot Yale 6-2 in the first half and had the better of the play.

"We did not show up in the first half," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I don't think police dogs would have found my team in the first half. The second half was better, but we need to play well for 90 minutes to compete for an Ivy League championship."

All of the scoring came in a four-minute stretch late in the first half. The Hawks struck first at 38:34 when Caroline Massey fired a shot from just outside the six-yard box that deflected into the net.

The Bulldogs (3-3-1) answered off a corner kick with 2:42 left in the first half. Ally Grossman sent a cross that was punched away by Hartford goalkeeper Jessica Jurg. The ball came to Michelle Alozie, who knocked it home for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Yale had an 8-6 edge in shots in the second half but couldn't get one past Jurg, who finished with four saves.

Rachel Ames was equally stingy protecting the Bulldogs' goal. She made eight saves, including three in the two 10-minute overtime periods.

The Hawks, who had won four straight games, outscoring their opponents 13-0, had the better scoring chances in the extra periods, outshooting Yale 7-1.

The Bulldogs are now unbeaten in their last seven games with Hartford.

Yale plays its final game before the Ivy opener on Sunday, travelling to Stony Brook. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity