Women's Soccer Falls To Yale, 4-1
Sept. 3, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- Junior Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) gave the University of Massachusetts women's soccer team an early lead, but four unanswered scores by Yale gave it a 4-1 win on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Rudd Field. Sophomore Kristin Walker (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made seven saves in net for UMass.
At the 10:05 mark, Bellini gave UMass (0-2) the 1-0 lead. Freshman Britt Canfield (Granville, Mass.) took the initial shot and it was saved by Yale (1-0) goalie Sarah Walker. Bellini was right there, however, to stuff home the rebound. Exactly five minutes later, Yale's Lindsey Weening took a pass from Laurel Karnes and weaved in through the UMass defense. Her first shot did not reach the net, but she got her own rebound and was able to beat UMass' Walker to the far side tying the game up at one.
The rest of the first half was played evenly as both teams a couple of good scoring threats. UMass' best opportunity came with 23 minutes left in the half. Senior Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) received a pass from Canfield and ripped a shot that just missed the upper right corner of the net. Then with 9:45 left, Canfield had a great opportunity as she beat the keeper to the far side but saw her shot hit the cross bar. Yale turned the momentum around by scoring in the closing second of the first half. Karnes sent a corner kick in front of the net and Eleni Benson headed the ball past Walker to give Yale a 2-1 lead with just 36 second left in the first half.
UMass came out firing in the second half. Less than four minutes in, Fairweather passed the ball to freshman Caitlin Footit (Westfield, Mass.) in the center of the box. Footit's shot hit the left post. Fairweather got the rebound, but her shot attempt went wide. Yale then turned the pace of the game its way and controlled the possession for much of the half. It scored two more times in an eight-minute stretch to ice the game.
Yale out-shot Massachusetts, 18-15, in the match and held the edge in corner kicks, 7-2. UMass Walker finished with seven saves, while Yale's Walker ended up with four.
Massachusetts will now begin a four-game road trip this Sunday, Sept. 5, with 1:00 p.m. game at Fairfield.