Bulldogs Fall To BC On Buzzer-Beater

Oct. 14, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's soccer team played defending ACC champion Boston College even for nearly 90 minutes on Tuesday night at Reese Stadium. The Eagles, though, escaped with a 2-1 victory when Jeremiah Gallington's shot from 15 yards out crossed the goal line just before the final buzzer sounded.

"It's a heartbreaking way to lose," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "It was a really well played soccer game by both teams."

Gallington's game-winner came when he took a pass from Edvin Worley and fired a hard shot into the top right corner. The goal was the last play of the game. There was no ensuing kickoff.

The last time a game ended in similar fashion at Reese Stadium was when the Yale women upset Duke in the second round of the 2005 NCAA College Cup on Laurel Karnes' goal with one second remaining.

After a scoreless first half, Nate Bourdeau got the Eagles on the board at 54:02 on a shot from 10 yards out that went just inside the far post.

The Bulldogs tied it less than three minutes later when Alex Guzinski headed in an Eric Meyer corner kick at 56:57.

"We fought our way back into the game and played some good soccer," Tompkins said.

Yale had the better of the play for a few minutes following the tying goal, but couldn't capitalize.

BC (6-4-2) outshot the Bulldogs 21-5 in the game.

Travis Chulick made eight saves in goal for Yale (4-6-1). Chris Brown stopped one shot for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs will need to regroup before Saturday's Ivy League game at Cornell. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

"Hopefully, it will be the good things that we did tonight that carry over to Saturday's game," said Tompkins, who prior to the game was presented with a ball to commemorate his 200th career victory, which he earned on Sept. 30 against Army.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

Video by David Dikranian

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