After a disappointing pair of losses against Virginia and Liberty, Yale field hockey proved their prowess with a resounding 6–0 win against the Wagner Seahawks Friday afternoon.
The Elis (2–3, 0–0 Ivy) started off red hot against a Wagner (1–4, 0–0 NEC) side that has struggled to get any rhythm going in the early phases of the season. The Blue and White ran riot, scoring five in the first half alone, much to the misery of the hosts, who have not fielded a side since 1978. Captain and midfielder Bridget Condie ’20 embodied the Bulldogs’ tenacity, scoring a goal and assisting twice. Forward Camille Scheyer ’20 also shone, tallying twice on the day, good for four points.
“We stuck together as a team and remembered that we play best when we play for each other,” midfielder Theodora Dillman ’22 said. “We stressed that our strength is in each other. Support in building an offensive push or buckling down and playing strong defense falls into line when we play hard because we love the girls around us.”
It took only three minutes of play for the Blue and White to take an early lead. Condie scored off an assist from forward Olivia Levieux ’21, who showed a keen awareness to find her open captain. After the 20-minute mark, the Yale offense exploded, scoring three goals in less than three minutes. Levieux, Scheyer and Imogen Davies ’21 all tallied for the Elis during the barrage of goals. Five minutes before halftime, Scheyer netted again to send the Bulldogs into the break with a commanding 5–0 lead. Despite their lead, the Elis remained focused and determined in the second half of the game. Behind a steady defensive effort, Yale maintained a shutout –– its second of the season. Midfielder Iliana Cabral ’21 compounded Wagner’s misery with a sixth for the visitors.
At halftime, Yale replaced standout goalie Sydney Terroso ’21 with rookie Luanna Summer ’23, who made two saves and was assisted in a third by back Holly Jackson ’20, preserving the 6–0 shutout. This was Summer’s first time taking the field as a Bulldog.
Condie, who led the Bulldogs in points and assists last season and garnered first team All-Ivy League honors, has found the early goings tough this season. After failing to tally any points in the first four games, Condie looks to be back in the swing of things, with four points in one game alone.
Yale dominated the Seahawks. The Elis had 15 shots on goal compared to the host’s four. However, the Bulldogs let Wagner enjoy moments of sustained possession in the second half and generated seven shots.
Davies attributed the team’s success to higher confidence after a hard-fought battle against No. 6 Virginia. She said she hopes that the team will develop even more momentum in the days leading up to its first conference game against No. 16 Harvard (3–2, 0–0 Ivy).
“The team has a lot of great energy going into this weekend,” Davies said. “We can’t wait to host Harvard on our home field after a great week of practice.”
Yale returns home after three consecutive road games to open up its Ivy League campaign against Harvard on Sept. 28.
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