NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Thanks to a goal by freshman forward/midfielder Bridget Condie just 2:39 into the game Sunday afternoon vs. No. 18 Stanford at Johnson Field, the Yale field hockey team maintained hopes of an upset for most of the day. But the Cardinal ultimately responded with three unanswered goals -- including two in the second half -- to come away with a 3-1 win.
Yale (4-4, 0-1 Ivy League) had been held without a penalty corner in Friday night's 2-0 loss at Harvard, but the Bulldogs quickly turned that trend around Sunday. They had two corners in the first three minutes, and on the second one Condie fired in her first career goal off a stick stop by sophomore midfielder/back Marissa Medici and an insertion by senior midfielder/back Steffi Katz.
The goal was a welcome occurrence for Condie, who had been generating plenty of offense in the first seven games -- she was second on the team in shots with 28 -- but had not had a goal to show for it. It was also a much-needed change for the team in general from Friday, when the Bulldogs got just one shot.
"As we evaluated what we did Friday night, we made a commitment to keep doing what we did well," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We also made the adjustments needed to create better space and use our speed. It was a matter of getting the ball to our forwards and midfielders. We created some good opportunities today, especially in the first half."
The Bulldogs kept the pressure on after Condie's goal, earning four more corners for the half, but could not get any more past Cardinal keeper Kelsey Bing. Shortly after she made a save on a corner shot by junior forward/midfielder Carol Middough -- one of eight shots on the day for Middough -- Stanford tied the game 1-1. Defender Fran Tew snuck one past Yale senior goalkeeper Emilie Katz at the 12:57 mark.
Bing then denied Middough from right in front of the cage with 10 minutes to play to help keep the score 1-1 heading into halftime.
The break proved to be a productive one for Stanford (4-4, 0-0 America East), as the Cardinal would more than double its shot total from the first half (six shots) in the second half (14 shots). Bing made a great play in sliding out to deny Middough with less than 23 minutes to play, and shortly after that a penalty corner goal by midfielder Sarah Helgeson gave Stanford its first lead of the day.
The Bulldogs continued battling, but Stanford got a much-needed insurance goal with 3:01 to play from defender Caroline Beaudoin on a corner. Bing finished with five saves to help seal the 3-1 win. Katz made six stops.
Yale plays again next Saturday, hosting No. 13 Princeton at Noon.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity