Offensive Explodes In 4-1 Win Over Columbia

Oct. 27, 2007

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - With each game this season, Yale's young front line has been gaining experience and showing signs of steady improvement. Saturday against Columbia, the results of that hard work were on display. Jordan Raybould, Kevin Pope, Andy Shorten and Aden Farina-Henry all scored as the Bulldogs erased an early 1-0 deficit and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Lions at the Baker Field Complex.

"It was a good win," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "In the second half, we played some of our best soccer of the season. We scored three good goals."

Columbia (3-9-1, 0-4 Ivy) actually got on the board first at 15:06. Tom Heinbockel sent a free kick into the box where Shaun Rowatt controlled it and fired a shot past Yale goalkeeper Erik Geiger.

The Bulldogs (3-6-4, 1-1-2 Ivy) tied it before the end of the first half when Shorten took advantage of a giveaway. With Columbia goalkeeper Michael Testa out of position, Shorten's shot went into the net just before a defender could clear it away.

"Once we fought back and tied it, we really came into our own," Tompkins said.

Yale dominated the second half, outshooting the Lions 10-4. Raybould gave Yale the lead for good midway through the half when he scored from the top of the box off a corner kick. Max Rhodes was credited with the assist.

The Bulldogs scored two goals less than three minutes apart late in the second half to seal the victory. Farina-Henry got the first one off an assist from Brad Rose at 85:19, and Kevin Pope capped the scoring at 87:24 when he dribbled down the left side, beat a defender and slipped a shot past Testa. It was the third goal in the last four games for Pope, who leads the team in scoring.

"We're pleased to get our first Ivy win, especially with it coming on the road," Tompkins said. "Hopefully we can keep the momentum going."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play at Stony Brook at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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