September 19, 2009

Bulldogs Strike Early And Often; Top St. Francis 4-1

Yale Scores Three Times In First 18 Minutes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In each of its first four games, it seemed to take the Yale men's soccer team awhile to settle in and find its rhythm. That wasn't the case Saturday against St. Francis, NY. The Bulldogs scored on their first two shots and led 3-0 after 18 minutes en route to a surprisingly easy 4-1 victory over the Terriers on a chilly night at Reese Stadium.

Freshman Scott Armburst scored twice in a 2 minute, 48 second span to make it 2-0 and Jon Carlos added a goal at 18:02.

"Our finishes early in the game were terrific," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Scott really showed his quality with those first two goals."

The Bulldogs, who have won two in a row, scored their four goals on only eight shots.

"We were very efficient," Tompkins said.

Milan Tica set up the first goal with a long pass into the box. Armburst settled it, and fired a hard shot into the right corner. Some nifty passing led to the second goal as well. Jordan Raybould fed the ball wide to Brad Rose, who crossed it to a wide-open Armburst in front for an easy tap in.

Rose also had a hand in the third goal. He sent a through ball to Carlos, who broke in alone. His initial shot was stopped, but he banged in the rebound.

Jeverton DeLorenzi scored the Terriers' only goal at 24:28.

Brad Rose's goal at 86:54 sealed the victory. Marcus DiLallo sent a long ball forward that St. Francis goalkeeper Chris Antonino couldn't control. Rose corralled the loose ball and knocked it in.

The Terriers (2-3) outshot Yale 13-8 and had a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

Travis Chulick made three saves in goal for the Bulldogs (2-1-2). His best stop came when he dove to his left to bang away a John Sallhag shot late in the second half.

"Certainly we still have some areas to improve upon, but the positive momentum we have built with the two wins is important, especially with a young team," Tompkins said.

Yale is back in action on Tuesday night, hosting Rhode Island. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity