Forster’s First Career Goal Keeps Yale Perfect In Ivy Play

Kristen Forster. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kristen Forster. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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