It was not the best weather for a weekend on Cape Cod, but that did not slow the women’s soccer team down; Yale shutout Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago in the ECAC Women’s Soccer Classic at Harwich, Mass.
Forward Jamie Ortega ’06 scored goals in both games, and goalkeeper Sara Walker ’05 continued her dominance over opposing offenses with 13 saves overall. Walker has three shutouts in Yale’s (3-1-0) four games this season.
Friday, forward Mimi Macauley’s ’07 first career goal served the game winner in a 2-0 victory over the Hoyas (1-5-0). Yesterday, Ortega gave Yale all the offense it needed to beat the Ramblers (3-3-0) 1-0.
The Hoyas held their ground for most of the first half, but at 30:50 Macauley got the Elis on the scoreboard. Each half is 45 minutes.
Ortega slotted the ball through the defense to Macauley, who got around Georgetown keeper Louisa Butler and put the ball in the back of the net. Macauley received co-player of the game honors.
In the second half, Yale picked up its game and began to control the play more.
“In the first half of the game, we controlled the play a little more,” Georgetown midfielder Nicole Cedar said. “[In] the second half, they started equaling the play and started dominating a little more.”
Ortega did some damage of her own in the second frame and increased Yale’s lead to 2-0 at 24:35 into the second half. With each team tallying 13 shots on goal, the Bulldogs’ ability to capitalize on their opportunities made the difference.
“We definitely didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Cedar said. “Yale definitely did well in the box.”
Yale’s defense kept the Hoyas from taking quality shots, Yale goalie Walker said.
Up front, the Elis were much sharper than they were in their 2-0 loss to nationally ranked No. 8 Connecticut (2-0-2) Sept. 7.
“We’re connecting balls better in the offense and from the midfield to the offense,” Walker said. “We looked really good connecting passes up front, [too].”
Yesterday, the Elis continued their offensive assault, but this time Loyola keeper Emily Peick was their target.
The Bulldogs peppered Peick throughout the game and dominated the Ramblers with 11 shots in each half, while Loyola only mustered five in the entire game.
“It was definitely frustrating for everyone,” Walker said. “One mistake on our part could have meant losing.”
Peick, a freshman, kept the game scoreless in the first half, but Ortega eased the Bulldogs’ frustration, scoring the game winner at 68:45.
April Siuda’s ’06 free kick made its way through a sea of players in the box and found Ortega, who redirected it into the net.
Defender Christina Huang ’07 earned player of the game honors for her defensive play, ensuring a freshman sweep of the award for the weekend.
Yale’s first-year players have fit into their new roles nicely, with upperclassmen ensuring the development of team chemistry.
“The upperclassmen [are] great,” Macauley said. “We’ve done a lot of team stuff. There’s not really anyone on the team that doesn’t get along.”
In net, though Walker was not severely tested by the Ramblers’ offense, she posted her second consecutive shutout.
“She’s been playing so well,” Macauley said. “If [the opposing team is] going to get a goal, they’re going to have to work really hard for it.”
After four games on the road, the Elis have their home opener Sept. 17 at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium against Sacred Heart University.
“We’re really excited to play at home,” Walker said. “It will be nice to play in front of our own fans and at our field.”