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Bulldogs Edge Marist 3-2

Shannon McSweeney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shannon McSweeney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Brown Scores Twice To Lead Offense

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Entering Tuesday's game with Marist, the Yale women's soccer team had scored only six goals on the season. With the heart of the Ivy League season approaching, that made the mission against the Red Foxes fairly clear.

"Our number one priority tonight was to score goals," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We've been having trouble scoring so we made a couple of adjustments to try to do that."

Becky Brown, who has 26 goals in her career, was a strong candidate to help end the scoring drought, and she delivered. Brown had two goals to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-2 lead on a warm and muggy afternoon at Reese Stadium. Natalie Romine also scored.

"Becky has been getting a little frustrated. She's had someone marking her all over the field," Meredith said. "It was good to see her get a couple of goals."

Brown's first goal gave Yale the early lead 12:46. Kristen Forster sent a ball forward to Brown, who had her first shot stopped. The rebound came right back to her and she knocked it in.

Brown capitalized on another rebound at 24:45. This time her first shot hit the post, but she gathered the rebound and tapped it in to the empty net.

The two-goal lead didn't last long. Marist's Samantha Panzner deflected in a Jaclynn Sabia cross less than two minutes later.

Romine's second goal of the season made it 3-1 late in the first half. Once again it was a rebound that resulted in the goal. Marist goalkeeper Jamie Balzarini stopped a Mary Kubiuk shot, but Romine was there to put in the rebound.

Marist (4-6) had the better of the play in the second half, and it finally led to a goal at 80:58 when Lauren Tillotson headed in Rycke Guiney's corner kick.

The Red Foxes had a couple of chances to tie. Sabia's shot from the left wing with less than five minutes left went just high. With less than two minutes remaining, Sabia had a shot blocked.

Both teams finished with 16 shots in the game.

Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu made five saves to earn the victory. She got some help from defender Trish Berkanish midway through the second half. Amy Tillotson got off a shot from in close that eluded Sumiyasu but Berkanish knocked it away at the goal line.

The Bulldogs (3-5-1) return to Ivy play on Saturday when they take on defending champion Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity