Yale Has Late Goal Waved Off
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was another maddening day for the Yale women's soccer team. One momentary defensive lapse followed shortly by the controversial waving off of a potential tying goal had the Bulldogs walking off the Reese Stadium field with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Penn on a breezy and chilly afternoon.
After 78 minutes of pretty even play, the Quakers broke through on a corner kick. Erica Higa sent a short ball to Emily Sands, who made a nifty move around a Yale defender and fired a shot through traffic and just inside the far post at 78:49.
A Yale player was shaken up on the play leading to the corner kick, which may have added to the defensive mix-up.
"We lost focus on the corner kick, and Penn caught us," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith.
It was one of the few mistakes the Bulldogs made defensively on the day.
It appeared Yale had overcome it just a few minutes later when Aerial Chavarin banged home a rebound of her shot that had deflected off the crossbar. The referee, though, ruled Penn goalkeeper Kitty Qu had control of the rebound, and whistled Chavarin for a foul.
"I just feel bad for our team," said Meredith, who didn't think the call was correct. "We had a great week of practice and played really hard."
It was the second time this season a call involving a goalkeeper's control of the ball went against the Bulldogs. Against Creighton back on Sept. 18, Jane Buckley seemingly had the ball in her hands when Bluejays' forward Lauren Sullivan kicked it in.
The final stats reflected the even play. Penn had a 13-11 edge in shots and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, a large contingent of former players were on hand for Alumni Day. Prior to kickoff, a moment of silence was held for Molly Woodroofe '97, who passed away this summer following a valiant battle with cancer.
The Bulldogs are back at Reese next Saturday when they host Columbia at 4 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity