September 26, 2007

Bulldogs Play Scoreless Tie With No. 6 Boston College

Sept. 26, 2007

Box Score

NEWTON, MA - It appears the Yale men's soccer team is peaking at the right time. Erik Geiger made 12 saves as Yale played a scoreless tie with sixth-ranked Boston College in an entertaining match on a warm and humid night. It was the final tuneup for the Bulldogs before their Ivy League opener against Dartmouth on Oct. 6. Yale is unbeaten in its last two games.

The two teams combined for 51 shots in the game. Chris Brown stopped five shots for the Eagles, who had outscored their previous four opponents 14-1.

It was the first scoreless tie for Yale since a Sept. 29, 2001, game against Cornell.

"I'm really pleased with the way our guys played," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "In our final practice before the game, we weren't very sharp, so we talked a lot about focus and discipline."

The Eagles (5-1-1) had a 6-1 edge in shots in the two 10-minute overtime periods, but couldn't get one past Geiger, who made two saves in the extra sessions and posted his seventh career shutout.

"Eric played very well," Tompkins said.

Jordan Raybould, Tyler Guse, Brad Rose and Andy Shorten all had three shots for the Bulldogs (1-4-1). BC had a 33-18 edge in shots in the game and had 13 corner kicks.

"We did an excellent job withstanding their pressure," Tompkins said. "I'm happy to get a good result against a team that could contend for the national title."

Yale will have nine days off before hosting Dartmouth at Reese Stadium at 4:30 p.m.

"Today is the type of performance that can be a building block for the rest of our season," Tompkins said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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