Best Sports Moment: Women’s Soccer

The scenario was almost too perfect. After losing to Duke in their first game of the season, the Elis got another shot. But this time, it would be at home with a Sweet Sixteen berth on the line. Off the bat, Yale seemed to control the game, but became increasingly frustrated when they could not follow through on any scoring chances. The momentum slowly shifted Duke’s way, and the heavily-favored visitors scored first early in the second half. Unlike the Sept. 2 game where Yale fell 1-0, the Bulldogs did not leave much time to sulk. Defender Natasha Mann ’09 could not have found a more opportune time for her first career goal, and the score was knotted at one with 49 minutes to go in regulation. Momentum swung back and forth and overtime seemed inevitable with under 15 seconds to go and none of the Elis stepping up to take a throw-in in front of the Blue Devil box. As the final 10 seconds began to tick off the clock, Maggie Westfal ’09 tossed the ball right in front of Crysti Howser ’09, who found an unmarked Laurel Karnes just feet in front of the Duke goal, who tapped it in. Karnes’ last-second goal gave the Bulldogs, who were unranked at the beginning of the season, a jubilant victory over No. 10 Duke. The Elis were headed to the Sweet Sixteen.

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