Bulldogs End Season With 1-0 Win Over Brown

Sophia Merrifield (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sophia Merrifield (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Settles For Second-Place Finish As Harvard Beats Columbia

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team did its part, edging Brown 1-0 on a cold night at Reese Stadium. Unfortunately the Bulldogs didn't get the help they needed to earn a share of the Ivy League title. Harvard's Melanie Baskind scored 5 minutes, 8 seconds into overtime to lift the Crimson to a 2-1 victory over Columbia and the outright Ivy title.

Yale still enjoyed a very successful season. The Bulldogs finished with a 10-6 overall record, the fifth time this decade they have won at least 10 games, and were 5-2 in Ivy play, one game behind Harvard (6-1).

"This has been an unbelievable group," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "They've worked hard and fought threw a number of injuries. I couldn't be more proud of them."

Yale's four seniors - Caitlin Collins, Leslie Perez, Hannah Smith and captain Sophia Merrifield, played a huge role in the success. The four made their final appearance at Reese Stadium on Saturday and were honored prior to kickoff.

"They've done an outstanding job leading this team," Meredith said.

Merrifield showed her by leadership just by playing. She badly injured her ankle on Thursday in practice, but still was in for 76 minutes.

"She found a way to play. I don't know how she did it," Meredith said. "She's one of the best captains I've ever had."

Becky Brown scored the only goal of the game at 11:22. It was her 13th of the season, which ties for the fourth most in a season in school history. Kristen Forster tallied an assist, her ninth of the season, which ties her with Crysti Howser for the most by a freshman in a season in Yale history.

Brown's goal was all goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu needed. She made three saves to post her fifth shutout of the season.

Yale outshot the Bears 13-6 in the game, including 8-0 in a dominant second half. The Bulldogs also had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity



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