Bulldogs Drop 1-0 Decision To Dartmouth

Oct. 6, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale controlled play for much of Saturday's game with Dartmouth, but it was the Big Green that capitalized on an opportunity. Maggie Goldstein scored the only goal of the game with 4:14 left in the second half on a direct kick from 25 yards out as Dartmouth edged the Bulldogs 1-0 on a warm night at Reese Stadium.

Yale outshot the Big Green 14-8, including 10-4 in the second half.

"Give Dartmouth credit. They always find a way to give us trouble," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "Our effort was good. We just need to play smarter at crucial times. I'm disappointed that we weren't able to finish. We had a number of chances to put the ball in the back of the net, but we didn't."

The Bulldogs (6-5, 1-1 Ivy) nearly tied it in the final seconds. Mary Kuder came down the left side and left-footed a shot that got by Dartmouth goalkeeper Laurel Peak but went inches wide of the far post.

That was one of many scoring opportunities for Yale in the second half. In the 54th minute, Kate Macauley fired a shot that hit Peak in the chest. The rebound came right to Caitlin Collins, but her shot went high.

Nearly 10 minutes later, Maggie Westfal dribbled down the near side, made a nifty move toward the center and slid a pass to Becky Brown, who missed high.

Goldstein's goal came when she lofted a direct kick just over the reach of Yale goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu

Susan Starr played the first half in goal for Yale and made two saves. Starr has now played eight consecutive scoreless halves.

Peak finished with three saves for the Big Green (3-7, 1-1 Ivy).

Neither team generated much offense in the first 45 minutes. The Big Green had the first quality chance in the second half when Myra Sack hit the crossbar at 47:12.

The Bulldogs are now off until hosting Cornell next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

"The time off will be good for us," Meredith said. "We can have a good, hard week of training."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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