April 18, 2009

Cornell Knocks Off Yale on the Road

from press release

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- In a tightly contested game throughout, senior Jessica Wiegand's unassisted goal with under five minutes to play proved to be the difference as Cornell defeated Yale 7-6 on Satuirday afternoon at Reese Stadium. The win guaranteed the Big Red at least a .500 season and evened its Ivy League record in improving to 8-5 (3-3 Ivy). Yale fell to 5-9 (1-5 Ivy) with the defeat.

Wiegand's goal put Cornell ahead for good after the Bulldogs erased a two-goal Big Red lead with 14:08 left in the defensive struggle. Freshman Katie Kirk scored three times, while both Wiegand and Halsey Diakow had a goal and an assist in the victory. Junior goalkeeper Kristen Reese had seven saves between the pipes. The Big Red won 10-of-15 draw controls, including all seven in the second half, and scored three times on the free-position while the Bulldogs had only one free opportunity in the contest.

Jenn Warden had two goals and an assist, Jessica Sturgill had a pair of goals and both Ariana Papier and Jenna Block had a goal and an assist apiece for the Bulldogs. Whitney Quackenbush had eight saves in goal for the Bulldogs.

Yale got on the scoreboard first, but Cornell responded with consecutive scores to go up 2-1 as Libby Johnson and Kirk tallied in the first five minutes to put the visitors up a goal. The Big Red would never trail again, but would also never lead by more than two goals in the back-and-forth affair. The second of four times on the day came at 2-2 when Warden scored her second of the day with 23:12 on the clock. Kirk responded with the second of her three consecutive goals for the Big Red to break the tie, then again untied the game at 4-3 when she broke a 10-minut scoreless streak with just eight seconds left before halftime.

The second half was just as competitive, with Yale knotting the score on a Sturgill goal five minutes in. Cornell answered with back-to-back goals by Shannon McHugh and Diakow, but the two-goal spree was fleeting as the Bulldogs rallied with Block and Papier finding the back of the net less than two minutes apart to knot the game at 6-6 with five minutes to play, setting up Wiegand's heroics.

Cornell will close out the regular season with three straight home contests beginning with a Tuesday, April 21 non-conference game against Vanderbilt at 2:30 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field. 

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