Bulldogs Suffer First Loss

Kyle Kenagy (Steve Musco photo)
Kyle Kenagy (Steve Musco photo)

Quinnipiac Edges Yale 2-0

HAMDEN, Conn. – Both the Yale and Quinnipiac men's soccer teams feature a host of young talent. It was one of the youngsters that made the biggest difference in deciding Wednesday's outcome. Bobcat freshman Eamon Whelen scored once in each half to lead Quinnipiac to a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs on a muggy afternoon at the QU Soccer Field.

Many of the final statistics were even. The Bobcats had only a 10-7 edge in shots and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks, but the play in the final third at both ends was the difference.

"This was an even game overall except for the two most important areas of the field which are the penalty boxes," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Credit to Quinnipiac for their mentality and execution in the boxes."

Whelen's first goal came at 27:45 when he headed in a loose ball. The second tally came midway through the second half when he one-timed a nice feed from Ryan Schiederman from 15 yards out.

The Bulldogs' best scoring chance came shortly after Whelen's second goal when Kyle Kenagy got to a loose ball in traffic off a free kick and fired a shot, but Quinnipiac goalkeeper Chrysostomos Iakovidis went down and smothered it.

"I was really pleased with the effort we gave in the second half and we battled until the final whistle, which is a great sign," Stannard said. "We had a couple of key injuries that forced us to change some things, and I think we allowed that to affect us too much, and we need to learn how to adjust better within the game."

Iakovidis, a freshman, stopped five shots to post the shutout.

The loss was the first for the Bulldogs, who had opened the season with a tie at Michigan and an impressive 2-0 win over Sacred Heart.

Yale plays its second home game this Saturday, hosting Lafayette at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

"We will get better from this and are now focused on preparing for Lafayette," Stannard said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity