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Chavarin Goal Lifts Yale Over Cornell

Ciara Ostrander assisted on the winning goal (Steve Musco photo)
Ciara Ostrander assisted on the winning goal (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs Edge Big Red 1-0 In Ithaca

A perfectly executed corner kick helped Yale earn an important Ivy League victory over Cornell. Aerial Chavarin headed home Ciara Ostrander's corner late in the first half as the Bulldogs edged the Big Red 1-0 in Ithaca, N.Y.

"It was a very nice goal," said Rudy Meredith, The Loring Family Rudolph L. Meredith Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

More importantly, it was the first goal of the game. Meredith constantly preaches to his team the importance of scoring first.

"We didn't have to chase the game," he said.

In each of Yale's first three Ivy League games, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing. They had played well in each of those games but had nothing to show for it.

Chavarin's team-leading fourth goal of the season at 42:38 allowed them to play from in front.

"I thought we did a great job of keeping possession, and our whole backline did not allow them quality chances," Meredith said.

Yale (6-5-1) finished with a 10-9 edge in shots. Only two of the Big Red's shot, though, were on goal. Goalkeeper Alyssa Fagel stopped both to post the shutout.

It was the 10th straight game between the teams that was either decided by one goal or ended in a tie.

The Bulldogs, who have played three straight Ivy games on the road, travel to Delaware State on Wednesday before finally returning to the friendly confines of Reese Stadium to host Penn next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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