Sept. 19, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After 25 minutes, it appeared the Yale women's soccer team might be poised to upset sixth-ranked Stanford. The Bulldogs led 1-0 and were playing well. Instead, the Cardinal picked up its play, scoring twice in the final 12 minutes of the first half and two more times in the second half en route to a 4-1 victory in the first game of the Santa Clara Adidas Classic at Buck Shaw Stadium.
"Stanford is a very, very good team," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We stayed with them for the first 30 minute, but they showed their abilities in the latter part of the game. Still, I'm pleased with how we played."
The Bulldogs (4-3) took the lead on Maggie Westfal's team-leading fifth goal of the season at 17:32. It came when Megan Ashforth tapped a free kick to Westfal, who fired a ball at the net that hit the end of the Stanford wall and redirected out of the reach of goalkeeper Kira Maker.
Allison McCann got the Cardinal on the board nearly 11 minutes later when she headed a Kelley O'Hara cross just inside the far post. Stanford grabbed the lead with just 30 seconds left in the first half. Ali Riley sent a long ball into the box to O'Hara, who knocked it over the head of Yale goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu.
"Yale started out very strong," said Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe. "But I think we showed great character to come back to score two high-quality goals."
The Cardinal (7-0-1) sealed the victory by scoring twice in a 1:11 stretch midway through the second half. Camille Levin tallied the first goal off a corner kick at 63:43, and Christen Press followed with a goal at 64:54.
The loss snapped Yale's three-game winning streak.
Stanford outshot the Bulldogs 12-4. Sumiyasu finished with six saves for Yale, while Maker stopped one shot.
Yale plays host Santa Clara on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PST.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity