Women's Soccer Ties Yale, 1-1

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team scored in the first half, gave up a goal to host Yale in the second half, and could not break its deadlock with the Bulldogs in overtime in taking a 1-1 tie Saturday afternoon.

Penn is now 5-5-3 overall, 1-3-1 in Ivy League play. Yale moved to 6-4-3 overall, 1-1-3 in the Ivies. Penn in unbeaten in its last five trips to New Haven (three wins, two ties), and has gone a staggering 20 overtime matches without a loss (7-0-13 since 2008).

Juliana Provini had the Quakers’ goal in the first half. Erin Mikolai sent the freshman in and she put a shot into the high corner for her team-leading third goal of the season. It was Mikolai’s fourth assist, which also leads the Red and Blue.

Yale answered in the 74th minute, Melissa Gavin with the honors. Meg Byfield played the ball into the Penn goal box, where it hit off a Quakers defender and settled with Gavin who finished from about 12 yards out.

The overtime was fairly uneventful until the final three minutes. Mikolai nearly ended it when she got the ball about 25 yards out, put it on her left foot and almost casually flicked a shot that beat Yale goalkeeper Elise Wilcox but rang the crossbar. Nearly a minute after that, Mikolai sprung Provini deep in Bulldogs territory, but the freshman’s shot went over the bar.

Yale nearly won this thing in the dying seconds. A corner kick ended up at the far post, where XXX got a shot from in close that Kalijah Terilli was able to push up and over the crossbar. Terilli ended the game with five saves, while Wilcox had three in the Yale cage as the Bulldogs outshot the Quakers on the day, 13-11.

Penn returns to action with its final non-conference match of the 2014 season on Tuesday night at Lehigh. The Quakers and the Mountain Hawks will kick off at 7 p.m.

Download: Penn13 (@Yale).pdf