Fall 3-2 In OT To Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Yale's two-game trip to California ended in heartbreaking fashion.
Mackenzie Pridham scored 8 minutes, 51 seconds into overtime to lift Cal Poly to a 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs before a big crowd of 1,336 at Alex Spanos Stadium.
The loss spoiled what was a solid performance from Yale, who led the Mustangs 2-0 at halftime.
"It was a fantastic effort from our guys," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We did a terrific job in the first half of putting them on their heels and scored two good goals."
Cal Poly (6-2) received a vote in this week's NSCAA national poll and has a 3-0 victory over then sixth-ranked UCLA on its resume.
It looked like the Bulldogs were on their way to an impressive win, but Matt LaGrassa's header with 1:14 left in the second half tied the score at 2-2.
"That goal took a lot of the wind out of our sail," Tompkins said.
Cal Poly had the only two shots in the overtime and the second one ended it. Pridham took a feed up the middle from Chris Bernardi and fired a shot into the back of the net from 12 yards out.
Yale (1-5) played perhaps its best half of the season in building a 2-0 lead. Freshman Cameron Kirdzik scored first at 19:00. Scott Armbrust set up the goal. He intercepted a pass, dribbled on goal and sent a perfect cross to Kirdzik.
While the results weren't what he was hoping for, Tompkins was pleased with his team's performance in the two games in California. Yale dropped a 3-1 decision to perennial national power UC Santa Barbara late Friday night.
"We learned a lot this weekend," Tompkins said. "The team is definitely getting better."
The Bulldogs have the week off before hosting Quinnipiac next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity