Late Goal Helps SMU Edge Yale 3-2

Andy Shorten. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Andy Shorten. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Andy Shorten Has A Goal And An Assist For Bulldogs

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  - Joe Cooper's goal with 6:24 left in the second half snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted SMU to a 3-2 victory over Yale on the second day of the adidas Brown Classic at Stevenson Field. It came just 11 seconds after Andy Shorten scored for the Bulldogs, who had had rallied from a 2-0 deficit. 

"I am really pleased with the character we showed to rally from a two-goal deficit against a very good team," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We struggled to find any rhythm in the first half, but I thought we improved a lot in the second half."

SMU (2-2) had the better of the play in the first 45 minutes, outshooting the Bulldogs 10-3, but led only 1-0 thanks to Dane Saintus's goal at 23:26.

The Mustangs increased the lead to 2-0 at 63:12 when Saintus scored again. This time he headed in a Payton Hickey cross.

Yale, though, battled back. Charlie Neil beat SMU goalkeeper Craig Hill on the right side from inside the box at 76:33. Shorten assisted on the goal.  The Bulldogs then got the equalizer when Shorten scored, assisted by Justin Song and Aden Farina-Henry.

Yale had two chances to tie in the final minutes, but Hill made saves on shots by Frank Shaw and Andy Hackbarth.

SMU, which has reached the NCAA College Cup in 23 of the last 25 years, finished with a 23-13 edge in shots. Travis Chulick made four saves in goal for the Bulldogs (0-1-2). Hill stopped five shots for the Mustangs.

"We learned some valuable lessons today that will help us later in the season," Tompkins said.

Yale, which tied Adelphi 1-1 on Friday in the first game of the tournament, plays at Central Connecticut on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity