Bulldogs Drop OT Heartbreaker To Hartford

Theo Miller (Steve Musco photo)
Theo Miller (Steve Musco photo)

Kenagy Scores For Yale

It had been more than 10 years since state rivals Yale and Hartford last met prior to Tuesday night in West Hartford. It proved to be worth the wait as the two teams played a spirited 117 minutes of even soccer before the Hawks came away with a 2-1 victory on Jeff Tryon's goal with 2:24 left in overtime.

It's been quite a few days for UHart, who had clinched a berth in the America East Tournament with a 1-0 win over UMBC on Saturday in Maryland.

For the Bulldogs, it was their third straight solid midweek performance against a team that is headed for the post season. Yale had dropped a 3-0 decision to Penn on Saturday.

"I thought we responded very well from our last performance and that is easily one of the best games we have played in the past couple of seasons and we absolutely deserved a better result from this game," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "I'm devastated for the guys because they did almost everything right outside of a couple bad mistakes."

Hartford (6-8-3) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Tryon scored on a penalty kick following a hand ball in the box.

It stayed that way until midway through the second half when Kyle Kenagy headed home a Lucas Kirby cross from inside the six-yard box.

Yale had two shots in overtime – one from Kirby that was saved by Jimmy Slayton and one from Kenagy that went high.

"The PK for Hartford was questionable at best and it was completely against the run of play," Stannard said. "We didn't panic, though, and we stayed focused and came out in the second half and dominated. We also had the better of overtime, but ultimately, we have to make better plays on both sides of the ball to get a result."

Freshman Andrew Bortey made his first career start in goal for the Bulldogs and stopped three shots.

Slayton made three saves for the Hawks.

Hartford had a slight 9-6 edge in shots and a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.

The Bulldogs, who were playing their final non-league road game, are back at Reese Stadium on Saturday, hosting Columbia. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

"We will be very disappointed tonight but must get back to work tomorrow to prepare against a very good Columbia team," Stannard said.

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