In their first Monday night game of the 2015 season, the Yale women’s soccer team dropped a 2–0 decision to Central Connecticut State, despite outshooting the Blue Devils 24–8 in the contest.
With two goals, Central Connecticut State forward Delaney Lancor led the Blue Devils (6–4–3, 1–2–1 Northeast) past the Elis (4–7–2, 1–3 Ivy), who have now lost two games in a row following Saturday’s 1–0 defeat against Cornell. The loss marks the fourth time that Yale has been shut out in its last five games, with a 1–0 win over Dartmouth being the only game with a Yale goal since Sept. 20.
“The team worked hard this game, but once again we learned that we need to be ready to go right from the start,” midfielder Maggie Furlong ’18 said. “While [Central Connecticut] had two goals early on, the main lesson from the game was that if we don’t score, we will never win. So we are going to focus on this for the rest of the season and hope that we can achieve this.”
Both of Lancor’s goals occurred during the first half, when the Blue Devils seized control of the game. The goals came roughly two minutes apart, and Lancor burned the Yale defense following assists from Emma Hubbard and Brianne Casey, the latter of which entered the box as a cross from the corner.
Lancor’s strong performance against Yale increased her season scoring total to five goals.
“There were a few defensive letdowns early on in the game that created an offensive task that we could not surpass,” Shannon Conneely ’16 said.
The Bulldogs were shut out in the game despite leading the Blue Devils in shots on goal, 7–4. Yale goalkeeper Maritza Grillo ’19 made two saves in the game, while Central Connecticut State’s Ashley Cavanaugh stopped all seven of the shots on goal attempted by the Bulldogs. Yale goalkeeper Rachel Ames ’16, the usual Yale starter, did not play in Monday’s non-conference contest.
Forward Michelle Alozie ’19 led the team with eight shots attempted, though neither Alozie nor her teammates were able to put the Bulldogs on the board. Alozie presently ranks sixth in scoring in the Ivy League with five points through 13 games this fall.
Midfielder Keri Cavallo ’19 took six shots during the game against Central Connecticut State, three of which came as shots on goal.
“The whole second half we were pressuring their back line, and ended up having 24 [shots],” defender Chrissy Bradley ’16 said.
With all non-conference contests now complete, Yale will look to bounce back this weekend against Penn, the first of three Ivy League games that conclude Yale’s regular season. The game against the Quakers will be an important matchup, as the two teams currently are tied for fifth place in the Ivy League standings.
The game on Saturday in Philadelphia will kick off at 5 p.m.
Andre Monteiro and Nicole Wells contributed reporting.