Flugstad-Clarke's Goal Earns Yale Tie
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Yale was one of the final teams to kick off the 2016 season. The wait proved well worth it as the Bulldogs opened with an impressive 2-2 tie at Michigan before a big crowd of 1,768 at the U-M Soccer Stadium.
The Wolverines (0-1-3) of the Big Ten were already playing their fourth game of the season.
"This is an excellent result for Yale Men's Soccer, and it's also a very deserved result," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "In all honesty, I have never been more proud of a group of young men. The commitment and trust they showed each other is a testament to the team spirit we have built during preseason. Also, to be able to play toe to toe for 110 minutes with a very talented team like Michigan when this is their fourth game and our first game, shows the excellent fitness base they came into preseason with and a testament to their hard work during preseason and during the summer."
Trailing 2-1, Henry Flugstad-Clarke scored the tying goal with 11:53 left in the second half. It marked a triumphant return for Flugstad-Clarke, Yale's captain who missed all of last season with an injury. It was his third career goal.
Michigan, though, grabbed the lead by scoring twice in a 2:30 stretch. Francis Atuahene got the first off a throw in at 69:25, and Yamann Sahlool made a couple of nifty moves to get to the top of the box and score at 71:55.
The Bulldogs, however, refused to go away. Flugstad-Clarke's tying goal came when he was able to corral a loose ball and put a shot past Michigan goalkeeper Evan Lauro at 78:07. Freshman Addison Luck tallied an assist.
"We knew if we followed the tactics and executed the key details we speak about, we would give ourselves a great chance, and that's exactly what they did today," Stannard said. "The confidence and composure our guys showed after going down 2-1 was very mature for such a young team. We didn't get rattled and stayed the course which allowed us to get the goal back and we came very close to winning the game on a couple of occasions."
In all, 17 different players saw action.
Kees Schipper started in goal and made six saves.
"This is a very positive step for these young men, and we should gain even more confidence from this performance," Stannard said.
Yale is now 1-0-1 all-time against Michigan. The Bulldogs beat the Wolverines 2-1 in the 2002 Brown Classic.
The Bulldogs are off until they play their home opener on Saturday against Sacred Heart. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity