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No. 15 Georgetown Edges Yale 3-1

Kristi Wharton (Steve Musco photo)
Kristi Wharton (Steve Musco photo)

Chavarin Scores For Bulldogs

Yale did something that no other team had against Georgetown on the young season – take a lead on the Hoyas. Aerial Chavarin's goal just over six minutes into the game had the Bulldogs in front, and they maintained the advantage for much of the first half before Georgetown finally broke through. The Hoyas then scored twice in the second half to escape with a 3-1 victory in the Nation's Capital.

The Hoyas are ranked 15th in the nation and were coming off a scoreless tie with No. 11 Duke on Thursday.

The Bulldogs, who opened the season with a 3-0 win at Howard on Friday night, more then held their own against Georgetown, the two-time defending Big East Tournament champions who were playing for the fourth time on the season.

"We played very well for the first 20 minutes," said Rudy Meredith, The Loring Family and Rudolph L. Meredith Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "I was hoping we could prove that we could play with them, and I think we did that. To our credit we kept fighting. This should give us confidence that we can compete with any team."

The Hoyas had only a 13-6 edge in shots, including just 8-4 in shots on goal.

Similar to Friday's game at Howard, Yale started strong. Chavarin's goal came after her initial shot was saved at 6:08.

The Bulldogs then kept the pressure on. In the 14th minute, Noelle Higginson, who scored and had two assists in Friday's win, had a shot stopped by Georgetown goalkeeper Lauren Gallagher, and Chavarin had a shot blocked.

Yale also had a corner kick before the Hoyas finally had their first shot at the 14:36 mark, which was denied by Yale goalkeeper Alyssa Fagel.

Georgetown, though, finally tied it at 34:01 when Kyra Carusa scored off a free kick.

"That goal came off a set piece, which I thought we could have defended a little better," Meredith said. "It kind of changed the momentum of the game."

Boo Jackson's goal early in the second half gave the Hoyas the lead. It came on a shot from the top of the box.

Caitlin Farrell added an insurance goal at 70:43.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they play at Central Connecticut at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity