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Women’s soccer drops Ivy opener at Yale 1–0

<h5>The Tigers will need to rebound fast to remain competitive in the race for the Ivy title.</h5>
<h6>Courtesy of <a href="http://womens-soccer-loses-ivy-opener-to-yale-2022" target="_self">Shelley M. Szwast/GoPrincetonTigers</a>.</h6>
The Tigers will need to rebound fast to remain competitive in the race for the Ivy title.
Courtesy of Shelley M. Szwast/GoPrincetonTigers.

Going up against a Yale team (4–4–1, 1–0–0 Ivy) they thrashed 4–0 last season, Princeton (5–4–0, 0–1–0) was unable to put the ball in the back of the net despite outshooting their opponents 19–9, ultimately coming away with a 1–0 loss. This was largely due to the heroics of the Bulldogs’ keeper Maya Bellomo, who made six stellar saves throughout the match. 

Coming off of a dominant 1-0 win against Delaware (1–7–3, 0–0–0 Colonial), the Tigers were confident and ready for the challenge. Princeton put the pressure on Yale early, mounting a strong attack, earning a corner kick, and keeping possession in the opposition’s half.

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Yet, Yale demonstrated their ability to handle pressure in the sixth minute as sophomore midfielder Ellie Rappole launched a solo counterattack and scored the first and only goal of the match from the first try off the volley. 

Following this setback, Princeton had a fantastic chance in the eighth minute to quickly level the game as first-year forward Kelsee Wozniak hit the woodwork of an open goal following a rare mistake from Yale’s Maya Bellomo while attempting to play the ball out from the back. 

The rest of the game was all Tigers as they peppered shots toward the goal in search of an equalizer. But Yale’s Maya Bellomo came to the rescue, making six saves to keep the Bulldogs in front. 

Princeton won’t have much time to recoup from the tough loss, as they’ll be on the road again to play Bucknell (5–4–1, 2–1–0 Patriot) this Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Daniel Asika is a staff writer for the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’ He can be reached da5467@princeton.edu. 

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