Kenagy Scores Only Goal
Yale will take a bunch of positive momentum into next Saturday's showdown with Harvard in the Ivy League opener. Kyle Kenagy scored the only goal of the game early in the first half, and the Bulldogs' defense made it stand in a 1-0 victory over Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia.
Yale, coming off a pair of strong performances in Northern California last weekend, had a big edge in play in the first half. And it didn't take long for the hard work to pay off. Off a corner kick, Kenagy tallied his second goal of the season at 7:34 to give the Bulldogs the lead. Cameron Riach and Andrew Carton were both in front of the goal creating havoc, allowing Kenagy's shot to get through. Nicky Downs, who took the corner, was credited with the assist.
Yale finished the opening 45 minutes with a 10-4 edge in shots.
"Very happy with our overall team defending and resiliency to win a scrappy game on the road. St Joe's is a very solid team and this is a tough place to play," said Kylie Stannard the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We came out playing wonderfully in the first half and were executing a lot of the things we have been training. We had four or five fantastic opportunities to score more goals in the first half, and we need to be more clinical in those moments to take more pressure off the team and put the opponent away. I thought we could have been up three or four goals at halftime."
The Hawks picked up the pressure a bit in the second half, but the Bulldogs' back line was strong. And when SJU was able to get off a shot, goalkeeper Kees Schipper was up to the challenge. He finished with four saves, all of which came in the second half.
"To St Joe's credit, they came out and really increased their energy and intensity and made it very difficult for us to find any rhythm in possession, and they were constantly dangerous on the counter," Stannard said. "We looked a little tired in the second half, but we didn't make it any easier on ourselves and needed to be sharper technically and play smarter and faster. In the end, we showed great character, and we are continuing to learn what it takes to win in college soccer."
It was Schipper and Yale's third shutout of the season.
The Bulldogs (3-4) had all eight corner kicks in the game.
The Bulldogs and Crimson meet next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Reese Stadium. It will be Yale's first home game since a Sept. 6 win over Hartford.
"This is our third weekend in a row on the road so I'm really pleased that we dug our heels in and found a way to get a very important road win before heading into Ivy League play," Stannard said. "We are definitely excited to get back home and play at Reese Stadium."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity