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Bulldogs Tie Stony Brook In Final Test Before Ivy Play

Sarah McCauley (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Sarah McCauley (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

McCauley Scores For Yale

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – A slightly shorthanded Yale women's soccer team turned in a solid effort in its final test before the start of Ivy League play. The Bulldogs had a pretty big edge in most of the statistical categories but were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with Stony Brook on a gorgeous afternoon at LaValle Stadium.

The Seawolves (3-5-1) scored the tying goal on a penalty kick with 2:49 left in the second half.

Yale, missing three starters, outshot Stony Brook 22-11 and had a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.

"I thought that we played well with a somewhat depleted squad," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith "It was like playing chess without all of your pieces from the start, but we found a way to get a draw."

 The Bulldogs (3-3-2) probably deserved a better fate. After a scoreless first half, Yale struck first at 61:32 when Sarah McCauley scored her first goal of the season. Sofia Griff started the play, sending a cross into the box that Ally Grossman was able to flick to McCauley, who banged it home.

It looked like that would be enough until the final minutes. The Seawolves were awarded the penalty kick after Raven Edwards was fouled in the box trying to knock home the rebound of a shot that was saved by Yale goalkeeper Rachel Ames.

Edwards then fired home the penalty to knot the score at 1-1.

The Bulldogs had the only four shots of the two 10-minute overtime periods but couldn't get one past Cara Gallagher, who played final 65 minutes in goal for Stony Brook and made five saves.

Ames finished with three saves for Yale.

The Bulldogs play their Ivy League opener at Princeton next Saturday at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity