October 4, 2008

Bulldogs Fall 1-0 At Harvard

Oct. 4, 2008

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Kwaku Nyamekye scored the only goal of the game at 58:35 to lead Harvard to a 1-0 win over Yale in an Ivy League men's soccer game at Ohiri Field. The goal came after the Crimson was awarded a free kick just outside the box. John Stamatis fired a hard shot that deflected off a Yale defender to Nyamekye, who knocked it in.

"Our guys gave a great effort against one of the better offensive teams in the Ivy League," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins, who was forced to watch the game from the stands after receiving a red card in Tuesday's win over Army. "This experience will help us, especially since we are right back on the road next weekend."

Harvard (4-3, 1-0 Ivy) had a big edge in possession time and outshot the Bulldogs 25-7, although not many were high quality changes.

Travis Chulick was outstanding in goal for Yale, finishing with six saves.

"Travis was superb," Tompkins said. "It was probably the best game we've seen him play here. He kept us in the game."

The Bulldogs (4-4-1, 0-1) had some chances in the first half, but Harvard goalkeeper Austin Harms made saves on Frank Piasta and Charlie Neil.

"We were still in the game right until the last minute," Tompkins said. "We just couldn't put together an incisive attack."

Yale is back in action next Saturday, playing at Dartmouth at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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