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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Yale defeats St. John’s in first win


On Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs conquered St. John’s in a 2-0 game, securing their first victory of the season and the first victory for head coach Sarah Martinez at the helm.



The Bulldogs won their first game of the season last Sunday in a 2-0 game against St. John’s University. The Blues & Whites will look to extend the winning streak as they head to Ivy next weekend.

The Bulldogs (1-7-0, 0-0-0 Ivy) faced the Thunderbirds (4-2-1, 0-0-0 Big East) at Reese Stadium, for the fourth game at home and the last game away. Yale conference. season. The Yale women’s soccer team led throughout the game and outscored Saint John’s 10-6.

“The joy felt by our whole team on the pitch after the game is something I will never forget,” said head coach Sarah Martinez. “We are getting closer and closer to achieving a full performance, and today has been a great performance from our team.”

St. John’s entered the game after a 3-0 win over the University of Delaware on September 9 and a strong shooting season, firing 13 shots in their previous 4-0 game against Lehigh on September 2. They also beat New Jersey. Institute of Technology on August 19 and Saint Joseph University on August 22.

The Bulldogs started the game with a corner kick and shot by ’25 forward Tina Teik in the eighth minute. Another corner was inserted in the 15th minute by midfielder Chloe Laureano ’24, and midfielder Ellie Rappole ’25 took a shot, ultimately blocked by the Thunderbirds. Forward Ellery Winkler ’23 unleashed another shot in the 18th minute, which was stopped by SJU goalkeeper Naya Lipkens.

SJU made an effort to stay on the attack, with a wide shot from Frederique St. Jean, a high shot from Jessica Garziano and an attempt from Emily Purtell, saved by Yale goalkeeper Annie Welch ’25. In the 38th minute, midfielder Rebeka Róth ’25 tried to score after another Yale corner.

Finally, in the 44th minute, striker Emily Yin ’22 took the ball in midfield and passed it to striker Alanna Butcher ’25 to her right, who dodged a defender and crossed the ball for striker Mia Grillo ’22 inside the 18-court box. Grillo then delivered a one-touch kick to the top of the shelf, earning Yale his first goal of the game.

’22 forward Mia Grillo, surrounded by her festive teammates, delivered a one-touch kick to the top table to score Yale’s opening goal on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: muscosprotsphotos.com)

“To defeat a strong team like St. John’s was amazing and of course really good to end up with our first win,” said Grillo. “We’ve earned it for a while now [and] a win like this took all 31 of us to be bought. “

The Bulldogs started the second half with a Teik shot saved by Lipkins. In the 50th minute, Welch saved another shot on goal from Garziano from SJU. Minutes later, during a foul free-kick, Laureano landed a direct off-angle shot to the top corner on the opposite side of the goal, bringing Yale’s tally to two and scoring his first goal of the season. and his third. college career.

In the 61st minute, a series of turnovers led to three wide shots: one by Yale defender Nana Yang ’25, the second by Thunderbird Brooke Boyd and the final by Bulldog defender Giana Pittaro ’23. Still, the scoreboard remained at 2-0.

In the last five minutes of play, officials issued yellow cards to Grillo and Winkler. Winkler closed the game by blocking an attempt by SJU on goal in the last minute.

Not pictured midfielder Chloe Laureano ’24 converted an off-angle free kick into the top corner of the net to give Yale the lead 2-0. (Photo: muscosportsphotos.com)

“We finally clicked and got a great team victory,” said Teik. “Every player contributed and we got a result.”

At the end of the game, Yale took six corners, compared to two for SJU, and Welch made a total of two saves.

After a losing streak, the Bulldogs’ victory over St. John’s comes to a head, with the conference starting next weekend and games against Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth and Cornell next month.

“As the Ivy League game begins, it’s a new season,” Martinez said. “It was great to gain momentum and confidence before the conference game.”

Yale will face Princeton on September 25 at Princeton Stadium in New Jersey for their first game against Ivy.


Amelia Lower covers religious communities and Yale Divinity School, as well as men’s lacrosse and men’s ice hockey. She is a freshman at Jonathan Edwards College and is from Rye, New York.


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