Second-Half Goal Lifts No. 11 Princeton Over Yale

Scott Armbrust. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Scott Armbrust. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Princeton Snaps Tie Midway Through Second Half

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs played even with No. 11-ranked Princeton for the first 62 minutes of the match, but dropped a 2-1 decision to the Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium.   The match marked the final collegiate games for five Yale seniors – Eric Meyer, Dale Peterson, Brad Rose, Sebastian Serra and Andy Shorten – who were honored before the game. 

Patrick O'Neil's unassisted goal at the 62:45 mark broke a 1-all tie for the Tigers.  O'Neil  gathered a rebound off his own shot and put his second attempt past Yale keeper Bobby Thalman, who finished with three saves.

Up until that point, the Bulldogs had kept up with the Tigers, who clinched the Ivy League championship with today's victory and completed an undefeated season in conference play.

"I felt we more than held our own against a very good Princeton team," Yale head coach Brian Tompkins said.

After Princeton scored the game's first goal, Yale responded less than 2 minutes with offensive pressure that resulted in an own goal.  The Tigers scored the first goal of the match when Ben Burton headed a corner kick into the right corner of the goal.

Yale (3-12-2, 1-5-1 Ivy) had one of its best scoring chances when Scott Armbrust put a shot on goal that was stopped by Princeton keeper Sean Lynch. 

"If that shot goes in, the game might have had a different outcome," Tompkins said.

No matter the final score, Tompkins said he was proud of Yale's five seniors.

"I feel badly we weren't able finish at home with a win for the seniors," Tompkins said.  "But, they've made massive contributions to this program and have no reason to hang their heads."