Shorten’s Goal Lifts Yale Past Cornell

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

Bulldogs Post Second Shutout Of Season

ITHACA, N.Y. – Saturday was "Break The Berman Record" night at Cornell. The goal was to set a men's soccer attendance record at Berman Field. An enthusiastic crowd of 961 was on hand to establish a new mark, but Yale spoiled the party. Andy Shorten scored the only goal of the game at 36:43 to lift the Bulldogs to an Ivy League win on a chilly night.

"We played with great energy and discipline," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "It's a great result for us. Our guys worked really hard. I thought we passed the ball well and were tough-minded in our defending."

Shorten and Chris Dennen worked a nifty give-and-go that resulted in the winning goal. Shorten's shot from 15 yards out deflected off the far post and in.

"It was a quality goal against a very good defensive team," Tompkins said.

Yale's defense made sure it stood up, despite some heavy pressure from the Big Red in the second half. Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made two saves to earn his second shutout of the season.

Both teams finished with 12 shots in the game, but Cornell had an 8-3 edge in the final 45 minutes.

The Big Red (4-4-4, 0-2-1 Ivy) had a corner kick with less than three minutes to play, and Jake Rinow got off a shot but it went high. That was Cornell's last scoring opportunity.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Yale (2-9-1, 1-2 Ivy).

"Hopefully we can build on this get some momentum going forward," Tompkins said.

After playing three straight road games to open Ivy League play, the Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of Reese Stadium to host Penn next Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity