Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker To Stony Brook 2-1

Megan Ashforth. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Seawolves Score Winning Goal With 32 Seconds Left In Second OT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Three of Stony Brook's first six games had gone to overtime, so when Wednesday's contest with Yale was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, it figured the Seawolves might have the advantage. That turned out to be the case. Debbie Aller scored with just 32 seconds left in the second extra session to lift Stony Brook to a 2-1 victory on a chilly and damp night at Reese Stadium.

The Bulldogs (3-2) had a 14-6 advantage in shots heading into the second 10-minute overtime period, but the Seawolves had the better of the play leading up to the winning goal and had the final five shots of the game.

"I thought our energy level was good, but for some reason we are deviating from our game plan," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We have to get that corrected before the start of Ivy League play."

After a scoreless first half, Yale grabbed the lead at 52:24 when Becky Brown scored her seventh goal of the season. Megan Ashforth sent a terrific through ball to Brown, who got behind the defense and beat Stony Brook goalkeeper Marisa Viola.

Taryn Schoenbeck, though, did some nifty dribbling to avoid Yale defenders and left-footed a shot into the back of the net less than 11 minutes later to tie the score.

Yale had two good opportunities in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Caitlin Collins sent a nice cross to Leslie Perez but her hard shot from right in front went high. A few minutes later, Collins headed Kristen Forster's long pass just wide.

Aller's game-winning goal came when Dana Adamkiewicz sent a free kick toward the box. After a scramble in front, the ball came to Aller, who drilled it in.

The Bulldogs finished with a 14-11 edge in shots and had six corner kicks.

Viola made five saves for the Seawolves (1-5-1). Ayana Sumiyasu stopped three shots for Yale.

The Bulldogs play their first road game of the season on Sunday when they travel to UConn for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity