Bulldogs, Sacred Heart Play Scoreless Tie

Sept. 20, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Head Coach Brian Tompkins has been at Yale long enough to realize that games with in-state rivals have a little more intensity than the average non-conference game. That was certainly the case on Saturday night as the Bulldogs and Sacred Heart played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer before a big crowd at Reese Stadium.

"There's always that little bit of extra motivation," said Tompkins, who is in his 13th season at Yale. "Tonight was certainly a scrappy, hard-fought battle."

It also had a lot of end-to-end action, despite the lack of goals. The two teams combined for 35 shots. Yale goalkeeper Travis Chulick finished with six saves, while Pioneer goalkeeper Matt Jones stopped four shots.

The Bulldogs' best scoring chance came with 12 minutes left in the second half, but Jones got just enough of a hard Andy Shorten shot to deflect it over the cross bar.

Sacred Heart's nearly won it in the second overtime, but the Yale defense blocked shots by Mario Mililli and David Backman from right in front.

The Bulldogs (2-2-1) had six corner kicks in the game but failed to capitalize.

"I thought we moved the ball very well, but we just couldn't find that killer touch," Tompkins said.

Yale's next two games also will come against in-state opponents. The Bulldogs are at Quinnipiac on Tuesday and then host Fairfield next Saturday. Both games begin at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity