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Late First-Half Goal Lifts Penn Past Yale

Torrey Leroy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Torrey Leroy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Can't Capitalize on Scoring Opportunities

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was more of the same for the Yale women's soccer team on Saturday against Penn. The Bulldogs yielded the first goal, had to play catch up and couldn't get the equalizer despite a number of chances. The result was a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the Quakers on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium.

Three of Yale's four Ivy losses have been 1-0 decisions and all four have come by one goal. Even in their victory at Dartmouth, the Bulldogs had to rally from an early deficit before escaping with a 3-1 win.

"I can't explain it," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I thought we played well enough but we can't score first in Ivy League games. We always end up chasing the game."

Saturday's game was even for the first 40 minutes before the Quakers struck late in the first half. Sarah Friedman controlled the ball on the right wing, made a move to get a better angle and left-footed a shot that deflected off the left post and in.

Yale's best chance to tie came with less than 10 minutes left. Becky Brown raced down the left wing and sent a cross into the box. Miyuki Hino got her head on it, but the shot sailed high.

Both teams finished with eight shots, although the Bulldogs had a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

 "I knew it would be a close game," Meredith said. "The statistics were equal. The difference was they finished a chance and we didn't."

Yale (6-8-1, 1-4 Ivy) had a couple of opportunities to grab the early lead but couldn't capitalize. Enma Mullo had a free kick from just outside the box midway through the first half but her hard shot went just high.

Goalkeeper Caroline Williams was forced to make only one save for the Quakers (7-6-1, 3-1 Ivy). It was Penn's seventh shutout of the season.

Ayana Sumiyasu made four saves in goal for the Bulldogs, who play their final home game next Saturday against Columbia. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity