Late Goal Lifts Stony Brook Past Yale 2-1

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Hagopian Scores First Career Goal For Bulldogs

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – If the first two games are any indication, Yale women's soccer fans are in for a very exciting season. Both games were decided in the final five minutes. In the opener on Friday, the Bulldogs scored in the final minute to knock off Hartford. Sunday, the tables were turned. Stella Norman's goal with 3:39 left lifted Stony Brook to a 2-1 victory over Yale.

Also similar to Friday night, the Bulldogs fell behind early. Stony Brook's Larissa Nysch scored off a corner kick at 31:02.

Yale, though, got the equalizer late. Melissa Gavin sent a cross to Paula Hagopian, who one-timed it past Stony Brook goalkeeper Ashley Castanio with six minutes left. It was the first career goal for Hagopian, a freshman who assisted on Friday's game-winning goal.

"It's nice that we were able to rally once again, but I don't want us to be known as the comeback kids," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "That's not our m.o. We don't want to give up the first goal every game."

The Bulldogs (1-1) also must tighten up on corner kicks. Just 2:26 after Hagopian's goal, Norman tallied the game-winner, and it came off a corner. Taryn Schoenbeck sent a cross that went through traffic in front to Norman, who poked it home.

"We've got to defend corner kicks better," Meredith said.

Yale nearly tied it in the final minute, and again it was Hagopian who was right in the middle of the action. Her shot, though, deflected off the post with just over 30 seconds remaining.

Stony Brook (4-1-1) was already playing its sixth game of the season.

The Seawolves outshot Yale 20-8 but had only a slim 6-5 edge in corner kicks.

Goalkeeper Adele Jackson-Gibson was sharp for the Bulldogs, finishing with nine saves.

After opening the season with two games on the road, Yale returns to the friendly confines of Reese Stadium to host Sacred Heart on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity