Bulldogs Edge Cornell 2-1 In OT; Face Harvard Tuesday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It may have taken a little longer than Yale would have liked, but Tuesday's showdown with Harvard is set. Kristen Forster scored just 2 minutes, 7 seconds into overtime to lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Cornell on a chilly afternoon at Reese Stadium.
Yale improved to 3-0 in Ivy League play with the win. The Crimson, who also needed an extra period to knock off Brown on Saturday, is 3-0 as well. The two teams meet on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
"It should be a great game," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "Whoever puts away their chances will win."
Forster finished her opportunity to keep the Bulldogs perfect. Kate Macauley sent a ball forward to Forster, who took a few dribbles to free herself from traffic and fired a shot past Cornell goalkeeper Megan Bartlett at 92:07. It was Forster's first career goal.
"We've been trying to get her more involved in the offense," Meredith said. "She's had to play a little defense because of injuries, but she's a good offensive player. I'm glad she was able to get a goal."
It didn't look like the Bulldogs (8-4) would need overtime. Yale dominated the first half and then took a 1-0 lead when Miyuki Hino scored on a penalty kick at 49:24.
That goal, though, seemed to inspire the Big Red (1-10-1, 0-4 Ivy). Cornell outshot the Bulldogs 8-3 the rest of the half and was finally rewarded when Sidra Bonner headed in Xandra Hompe's corner kick with 1:20 left.
"I'm really proud of how we responded. It could have been a catastrophe," Meredith said. "We turned the tables right around."
Ayana Sumiyasu made two saves to earn the victory in goal.
The Bulldogs outshot Cornell 15-13 and had a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.
Bartlett, who finished with six saves, kept the Big Red in the game in the first half. She stopped a Macauley shot from right in front in the 10th minute and then thwarted a Becky Brown breakway seven minutes later.
Tuesday's game with Harvard is a make-up from Oct. 3 when persistent lightning forced a postponement after the teams had played a scoreless first half.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity