October 15, 2011

Cornell Takes Over First Place; Knocks Off Yale 2-0

Big Red Makes Two First-Half Goals Stand Up

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A six-minute stretch midway through the first half doomed the Yale men's soccer team Saturday against Cornell. The Big Red scored twice in the span and then withstood a Yale onslaught in the second half en route to a 2-0 victory at Reese Stadium.

"We dug ourselves a little hole," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We made a couple of mistakes, and they capitalized."

The Big Red, who extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games, moves into sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with the victory. Both Cornell and Yale entered with 2-0 Ivy records.

"There's still a lot of season left," Tompkins said, "and we still hope to be right in the mix."

Yale (6-5-1 overall) had the better of the play in the second half but couldn't finish. Peter Jacobson was particularly dangerous, getting off three shots. His best chance came with about 13 minutes left. Chris Dennen split the defense, and fed the ball into the box to Jacobson, who turned and fired high from right in front.

The Bulldogs outshot the Big Red 6-3 over the final 45 minutes.

"We had chances. We just couldn't take advantage," Tompkins said. "Credit Cornell's defense. They kept us from getting in a rhythm."

The Big Red grabbed the lead at 19:32 when Regan Tyler broke free along the right wing and fired a shot into the left corner. Daniel Haber took advantage of a Yale turnover to make it 2-0 at 25:17. Jimmy Lannon sent a cross to Haber, who slid a shot inside the near post.

Cornell goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer made four saves to post the shutout. Bobby Thalman stopped two shots for Yale.

The Big Red (8-1-3 overall) had an 11-10 edge in shots in the game. Both teams had five corner kicks.

After playing three straight home games, the Bulldogs are on the road for their next three, starting Wednesday at Sacred Heart. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity