November 9, 2008

Yale Falls To Brown In Overtime In Season Finale

Nov. 9, 2008

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Yale began the season back in September with an overtime loss to UConn, so perhaps it was only fitting that the year came to an end in a similarly heartbreaking fashion. Slyvia Stone scored her second goal of the game with 2:43 left in the second overtime to lift Brown to a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs on a rainy night at Stevenson Field.

Yale ends its season with an 8-7-2 overall record and a 2-4-1 Ivy mark.

The Bulldogs jumped on the board first when Becky Brown scored her fifth goal of the season. It came when she lofted a shot from 25 yards out that found the back of the net at 11:34.

Yale had a number of chances to increase its lead before the end of the first half. Miyuki Hino saw a ball come to her just inside the box but her shot went wide with 19 minutes left. Less than two minutes later, Maggie Westfal's header off a free kick just missed the right post, and Megan Ashforth got her head on a Westfall cross five minutes later but it went wide.

Nevertheless, it looked like Brown's goal would be the game-winner, but Stone headed in a Lindsay Cunningham cross with 5:44 left in the second half to tie the score at 1-1.

The Bulldogs had a quality chance midway through the first overtime when Brown got behind the defense, but goalkeeper Steffi Yellen raced out to knock the ball away.

Stone's game-winner came after a mad scramble in front off a corner kick.

Yale goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu finished with eight saves. Her best stop of the first half came when she dove to her left to deflect an Allison Kagawa blast over the endline. She also made a nice save early in the second half to rob Sarah Hebert-Seropian.

The two teams combined for 45 shots and 13 corner kicks in the game, which was delayed for nearly 20 minutes when Brown starting goalkeeper Brenna Hogue was injured with less than two minutes left in the first half. The injury came when she made a pair of terrific saves, the first on a Zevenbergen shot from 10 yards out and the second when the rebound came right to Lindsey Raymond, although that one was nullified by an offside.

Seniors Westfal, Zevenbergen, Emma Whitfield and Natalia Mann played their last games for Yale.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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