ITHACA, N.Y. – An overtime goal by Yale junior midfielder Bridget Condie gave the Yale field hockey team a 1-0 win at Cornell on Saturday, ending a defensive battle that included 10 saves by Cornell goalkeeper Maddie Henry. Yale sophomore goalie Sydney Terroso made two saves for the shutout, and the Bulldogs also got a defensive save from first year midfielder Théodora Dillman on a Big Red penalty corner.
"Today's game was the product of a good week of practice," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "This was a team effort. Throughout the week the players focused on what they needed to focus on."
Yale (5-4, 1-2 Ivy League) had a 6-2 shot advantage in the first half, but Henry kept the Bulldogs off the board. The second half saw Yale outshoot the Big Red 9-4, but six saves by Henry helped keep the game scoreless. Even penalty corners were tough to come by -- each team got just one in the final 29:35. Yale's, with seven minutes left, saw Henry make a save on a shot by sophomore midfielder Olivia Levieux. Cornell (2-8, 0-3 Ivy League) earned a corner with a minute left, but sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies broke up that play.
Condie's game winner came 1:53 into overtime. She intercepted a pass in Cornell's zone, then carried into the top of the circle and tucked the ball inside the far post with a reverse stick shot.
"When I saw her drive into the circle, I saw intent," Stuper said of Condie's play. "Overtime play is something we practice every week, so we were ready. To get our first shutout as a team, we minimized corner opportunities [Cornell had only two]. We played much better defense as a team, and we played much better attack as a team."
Yale is now 3-0 in overtime this season. The Bulldogs travel to Bucknell Sunday for a 3:00 p.m. game.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity