McCauley, Chavarin Score For Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There were a number of lessons to be learned for Yale in its final non-conference game of the season.
Perhaps most importantly, the Bulldogs showed they could go toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the Big East. A few mistakes, though, proved costly, and Creighton came away with a 4-2 victory on an overcast afternoon at Reese Stadium.
Still, Yale should feel confident heading into its Ivy League opener against Princeton next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Reese.
"I like where we are," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We are definitely in a better position than we were last year at this time. Our soccer IQ just needs to be a little bit better. I know the mistakes we are making are fixable."
Creighton (5-1-2) struck first at 5:32 when Taryn Jakubowski tapped in a perfect cross from Lauren Sullivan.
The Bulldogs, though, answered with a pair of goals in a 2:28 stretch. The first came off a corner kick. Fran Steele sent a nice cross into the box where Kristina Kim got off a shot that was blocked. The deflection came right to Sarah McCauley, who banged it in at 20:48.
Michelle Alozie and Aerial Chavarin teamed up for a pretty goal at 23:16. Alozie lofted a ball forward into the box that Chavarin deftly headed into the net. It was Chavarin's team-leading sixth goal of the season.
"They are creating a lot of chances, and are getting better as they play together more," Meredith said of Alozie and Chavarin.
The Bluejays answered with a fluky goal at 33:07. Yale goalkeeper Jane Buckley seemed to be in control of a ball, but Sullivan alertly raced forward and kicked it into the net just before Buckley went down to pick it up.
Sullivan broke the tie when she struck again just 2:07 into the second half. This time, she drilled a shot off the post and in from 17 yards out.
Jaylin Bosak gave Creighton a 4-2 lead when she was left alone in front and tapped in a Jakubowki pass at 60:53.
The Bulldogs, though, refused to quit and kept the pressure on the Bluejays. Chavarin nearly pulled Yale within one but her penalty kick deflected off the post at 78:28.
"We battled against a really good team," Meredith said. "It's good for us to know that we can play at that level."
The Bluejays won their third straight game and are unbeaten in their last four.
It was Yale's second solid performance against a Big East team during non-conference play. The Bulldogs dropped a very competitive 2-0 decision to St. John's back on Sept. 2.
Prior to the game, Yale's seniors presented a check for $2,300 to Kicks For Joshua. One-year-old Joshua Lynch, who was diagnosed with CMV Virus, has been named an honorary member of the Bulldogs. During freshman orientation, the team held a bake sale to benefit Kicks For Joshua, which is raising money to help with his medical costs.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity