National Television Audience Watches Yale Play 1-1 Tie With Brown

Rachel Ames (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publcity)
Rachel Ames (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publcity)

Forster, Gavin Score For Bulldogs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Trailing Brown 1-0 at halftime on Thursday night, Yale head coach Rudy Meredith told a national television audience watching on the Fox Soccer Channel that he was putting an "all points bulletin" out for his team's offense. Apparently it was located. The Bulldogs scored twice in the second half and had a big edge in play. Brown, though, took advantage of one opportunity and Yale was forced to settle for a 2-2 tie on a chilly night at Stevenson Field.

"We were a different team in the second half," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "Brown is a very physical team so we had to play quicker. We changed formations at halftime and made a couple of personnel changes which allowed us to do that."

The moves started to pay dividends when Kristen Forster tied the score with her team-leading seventh goal of the season at 60:22. Shannon Conneely sent a ball into the box. It went through traffic and came to Forster, who fired a shot past Brown goalkeeper Amber Bledsoe.

The Bulldogs (7-7-2, 1-4-2) took the lead when Melissa Gavin scored at 78:31 Frannie Coxe sent a long ball forward. Gavin outraced a Brown defender for it, broke in alone and fired a shot inside the left post.

It stayed that way until 85:04 when Kiersten Berg scored her first goal of the season after a scramble in front of the Yale net.

Forster had a great chance to win it less than a minute after Berg's goal. Forster found herself all alone in front with the goalkeeper out of position, but her shot banged off the right post.

Coxe then had an excellent opportunity midway through the first overtime but her hard shot from the top of the box went just wide. Later in the first extra period, the Bulldogs had three straight corner kicks but couldn't capitalize.

Brown (7-8-1, 1-5-1) outshot the Bulldogs 18-16, but Yale had a commanding 10-1 edge in corner kicks.

Goalkeeper Rachel Ames made nine saves for the Bulldogs.

Meredith was pleased with the opportunity to showcase his team on the Fox Soccer Channel's College Game of the Week.

"It's nice to show the country that there is an excellent level of soccer in the Ivy League," he said. "It certainly was an exciting game for the people watching. It was unfortunate that we gave up the late goal."

The same two teams will meet again on Sunday, although it won't count in the Ivy League standings. Kickoff on Senior Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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