Forster’s Late Goal Lifts Yale Past Columbia

Miyuki Hino. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Miyuki Hino. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Seniors Victorious In Last Game At Reese Stadium

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –At the beginning of the season, conventional wisdom had the Yale women's soccer team as serious contenders in the Ivy League. Injuries and some bad breaks derailed the Bulldogs, but on Saturday night against Columbia they showed what might have been. Kristen Forster's goal late in the second half snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted Yale to a 2-1 victory over the Lions, who entered the night in a first-place tie.

Miyuki Hino also scored for the Bulldogs, and Ayana Sumiyasu made seven saves in goal to earn the victory.

Becky Brown made a terrific long pass to set up Hino, who got behind the defense and fired a shot that deflected off the left post and in at 17:11. It gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead, the first time this season that they scored first in an Ivy game.

"We didn't have to chase the game," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "Even after they tied it, we were still able to play our normal game."

Yale's lead was shortlived. Ashlin Yahr deflected in a Lindsay Mushett's pass less than eight minutes after Hino's goal.

It stayed tied until 3:12 remained in the second half when Mary Kubiuk fed Forster, whose shot from 18 yards slipped through Columbia goalkeeper Lillian Klein's hands.

"Columbia is really good defensive team," Meredith said. "They make it really hard to score so getting two goals on them is a credit to our offense."

The Lions (9-4-3, 3-2-1 Ivy) nearly tied it less than a minute after Forster's goal. Mushett fired a shot that hit the post and deflected to Liz Crowe, who saw her shot saved by Sumiyasu. The rebound went to Marissa Schultz, but Sumiyasu denied her as well.

Columbia finished with an 11-9 edge in shots.

Yale's six seniors –Brown, Sumiyasu, Megan Ashforth, Kate Macauley, Lizz Reeves and Natalie Romine played their final game at Reese Stadium and were honored in a ceremony prior to kickoff.

The Bulldogs (7-8-1, 2-3-1 Ivy) close out the season next Saturday at Brown. Kickoff in Providence is slated for 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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