NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team did a lot of things right on Sunday afternoon, outshooting Davidson 17-11 and earning six penalty corners while allowing just three. But the Wildcats took advantage of their chances, scoring once on a penalty corner and once on a stroke, to edge the Bulldogs 2-1. The game saw Yale senior back Jackie Kisa, the Bulldogs' captain, square off against her twin sister, Davidson forward/midfielder Kristin Kisa.
Davidson defender Courtney Byler stole the show with a pair of goals early on, helping the Wildcats take a 2-0 lead just 11 minutes into the game. After that rough start Yale (4-5, 0-2 Ivy League) settled down and held Davidson (4-6, 1-1 A-10) scoreless. The Bulldogs crept closer on a deflection by sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies off a shot by sophomore forward Olivia Levieux, getting Yale within a goal with more than 15 minutes to play.
But Wildcats goalkeeper Sarah Zeszotarski was up to the challenge, finishing with 10 saves -- including one with 90 seconds left, as she swept away a diving try by junior midfielder Bridget Condie. Zeszotarski also got some help from midfielder Julia Smith, whose defensive save on a shot by senior forward Brooke Reese in the first half proved critical.
"We definitely created more opportunities for ourselves this game, but only had one goal to show for it," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "Davidson's goalkeeper did a good job and helped them come up with the win."
Both Kisas played nearly the entire game, with Kristin registering two shots on goal -- and hitting Jackie on a shot attempt midway through the second half. The two were teammates in high school, leading Princess Anne to a state championship in 2014.
Yale travels to Cornell next Saturday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity