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Bulldogs Fall 2-1 To Brown In Season Finale

Sofia Griff drills home her penalty kick (Steve Musco photo)
Sofia Griff drills home her penalty kick (Steve Musco photo)

Griff Scores On Penalty Kick For Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was an all too familiar story for the Yale women's soccer team Saturday at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs played well for long stretches but yielded two early goals, couldn't quite recover and fell to Brown 2-1 on Senior Day.

"Unfortunately we had to chase the game again," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "To our credit, the kids battled. The effort was certainly there."

Carly Gould got Brown on the board first at the 12-minute mark when she scored off a corner kick.

The Bears (7-7-2, 3-3-1 Ivy) struck again just 5:14 later on Erin Katz's goal on a shot from 10 yards out.

Yale, though, answered immediately. Paula Hagopian got behind the Brown defense and was taken down in the box. Sofia Griff then fired home the ensuing penalty kick just 37 seconds after Katz's goal.

The Bulldogs (4-10-2, 1-6 Ivy) applied steady pressure and had opportunities but couldn't get the equalizer.

Yale outshot Brown 11-8 and had a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.

Yale's seven seniors – Hagopian, Rachel Ames, Christina Bradley, Shannon Conneely, Ally Grossman, Ana Keusch and Eliza Loring - were honored prior to kickoff.  

"They are one of the hardest working classes I've had," Meredith said. "They had a passion for playing. A number overcame injuries to play. Their bodies will certainly appreciate the rest."

Despite losing seven senior, the future still looks bright for the Bulldogs, who will return their three leading scorers, including Griff, who finished the season with six goals.

"I'm very excited for next year," Meredith said.

The game was the final one for Brown head coach Phil Pincince, who is retiring after 39 years at the helm of the Bears' program. Meredith presented Pincince with a gift prior to kickoff.

"Phil is my closest friend in the league," Meredith said. "We'll still get together and play ping pong and golf."

Meredith, who just completed his 21st season at Yale, is now the dean of Ivy League coaches.

"Phil told me I'm now the dinosaur in the league," Meredith joked.

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