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Bulldogs Christen New Reese Turf With 3-2 Victory Over Marist

Fran Steele's goal. (Steve Musco photo)
Fran Steele's goal. (Steve Musco photo)

Brar Scores Game Winner With 6 Minutes Left

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – New playing surface, same old success at Reese Stadium for the Bulldogs. Saje Brar's goal with 6:11 left in the second half snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted Yale to a 3-2 victory over Marist on a cool and overcast afternoon.

The Bulldogs, who went unbeaten at home a year ago, were playing at Reese for the first time in 2018 and the first time with the new field turf.

"The team loved it," said Rudy Meredith, the Loring Family and Rudolph L. Meredith Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "It was nice to play at home."

Yale played its first five games on the road and made it through the stretch well, winning twice and earning a draw. Now, the Bulldogs have their next three games at Reese, including the Ivy League opener against Princeton on Sept. 22.

The Bulldogs had to work hard to knock off the Red Foxes. Marist scored first, the Bulldogs answered with the next two goals, and Marist tied it all before halftime.

"Give Marist credit. They didn't stop working," Meredith said.

Yale had the far better of the play in the second half but didn't get the game winner until there were just over six minutes left. Noelle Higginson started the play by a winning a ball and pushing it forward to Alexandra McCraven. McCraven took a couple of dribbles and sent a cross to Brar, who one-timed it in.

"That was a really nice goal," Meredith said.

The Bulldogs finished with an 18-9 edge in shots.

The Red Foxes (2-2-1) jumped on the board first at 9:14 when Keri Bradley took a terrific forward ball from Kristen Reilly and scored on a breakaway.

Yale answered quickly. Brar sent a corner kick into the box to an open Higginson, who fired it home at 18:16.

A little more than seven minutes later, the Bulldogs grabbed the lead. Higginson's free kick from 20 yards out was saved by Francesca Guzzo, but the rebound came right to Fran Steele, who put it in at 25:45.

Before the intermission, the Red Foxes tied it. Off a corner kick, the ball found its way to Hope Quinonez, who rocketed a shot off the post and in from 25 yards out.

Meredith was pleased to see his team keep its composure after falling behind.

"It's good for us to know we can be down a goal and comeback," he said. "That should help us moving forward."

The Bulldogs are back at Reese on Thursday when they host LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity