Oct. 25, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Heartbreaking losses to quality opponents is becoming an unfortunate trend for the Yale men's soccer team this season. Two weeks ago, the Bulldogs fell to defending ACC champion Boston College when the Eagles scored as time expired. Saturday night at Reese Stadium, 25th-ranked Penn got a goal with just 1:55 remaining to snap a 1-1 tie and escape with a 2-1 victory.
The winning goal came when Omid Shokoufandeh headed a long Zach Barnett throw in just inside the right post.
A hard, wind-swept rain made for difficult conditions in the first half. The Quakers, though, got on the board first on Kevin Unger's goal at 35:50.
Yale (5-7-2, 1-3 Ivy) tied it with a beautiful goal midway through the second half. Jordan Raybould sent a long cross to the back post where Andy Hackbarth was waiting to head it past Penn goalkeeper Drew Healy. It was Hackbarth's first career goal.
Penn (9-2-3, 3-1 Ivy) outshot the Bulldogs 17-12 and had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Travis Chulick finished with four saves in goal for Yale. His best stop came when he dove to snag an Unger shot just five minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs had a couple of quality scoring chances in the first half. Alex Guzinski's hard shot from nearly 40 yards out was deflected away by Healy. Guzinski had another opportunity less than a minute later, but his header off an Eric Meyer corner kick went wide.
Yale is back in action next Saturday, hosting Columbia at 4:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity