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Brar Scores First Career Goal In 1-1 Draw At Colgate

Aerial Chavarin (Steve Musco photo)
Aerial Chavarin (Steve Musco photo)

Another Tight Match With Raiders

Yale and Colgate have a history of playing close, exciting games. That was the case again on a hot and muggy Sunday in Hamilton, New York. First-year Saje Brar scored her first career goal for the Bulldogs, who earned a 1-1 draw with the Raiders.

Eight of the nine matches between the teams have now ended in a tie or been decided by one goal. The two coaches – Yale's Rudy Meredith and Colgate's Kathy Brawn – have each been around for all of them. The series started with Colgate's wild 5-4 victory back in 1996 and the drama has continued ever since.

On Sunday, the weather also was part of the story. The start of the game was delayed 90 minutes because of lightning in the vicinity of Beyer-Small Field. Then, just 2 minutes, 45 seconds into the first overtime lightning was spotted again. With Yale facing a long bus ride home, the two coaches had agreed there would be no waiting after 8 p.m. so the game was declared a draw.

Meredith was pleased with his team's performance.

"We started off well, much better than we did against Central Connecticut [last Thursday]," he said.

After a scoreless first half, Brar gave the Bulldogs the lead when she took a cross from Aerial Chavarin and fired a high shot into the back of the net at 60:05.

A little over 10 minutes later, the Raiders tied it on Ellis Miller's goal.

Chavarin had the best chance of the abbreviated overtime, but her shot went just wide.

"I liked our fight and spirit," Meredith said. "Colgate is a very good team. Hopefully this will make us better."

Goalkeeper Alyssa Fagel was outstanding for the Bulldogs, finishing with eight saves.

"Alyssa was unbelievable," Meredith said. "She kept us in the game."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they play at Fordham. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity