Nov. 11, 2007
PRINCETON, N.J. - For Sunday's game with Princeton, Yale head coach Brian Tompkins elected to move freshman Brad Rose to midfield from forward. The strategy worked to perfection as Rose scored and added an assist to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-0 victory over the Tigers on a chilly night at Princeton Stadium.
"I thought it would help our passing," Tompkins said of the move.
After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs finally broke through in the 78th minute. Rose settled a nice centering pass from Kevin Pope and fired a shot into the right corner.
The same pair combined for Yale's second goal. This time it was Rose who set up Pope, who beat Princeton goalkeeper Joe Walter from in front with only 15 seconds left in the second half.
"It was an evenly matched game," Tompkins said. "It's a credit to our guys that we were able to find a couple of goals late in the game."
Princeton (5-9-2, 3-3 Ivy) had its best scoring chance early in the second half, but Kyle McHugh's hard shot from 15 yards out banged off the crossbar. The Tigers had a 17-12 edge in shots and had eight corner kicks.
"Princeton had us under pressure, but we didn't break," Tompkins said. "It is never easy to win at Princeton, so this is another good Ivy road win for us."
The Bulldogs (4-7-5, 2-2-2 Ivy) conclude the season next Saturday when they host Harvard at 11:30 a.m. at Reese Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity