Bulldogs Tie Princeton 2-2 In Season Finale

Bulldogs Tie Princeton 2-2 In Season Finale

Nov. 15, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Earlier in the season, falling behind by a goal midway through the second half might have been too much for the Yale men's soccer team to overcome. Not now. The Bulldogs have increased their scoring production as the season has progressed and the return of a healthy Aden Farina-Henry has been a big reason why. Farina-Henry headed in a Jordan Raybould cross at 73:12 to help Yale earn a 2-2 tie with Princeton in the season finale on a soggy night at Reese Stadium.

"That was a fantastic goal," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "In the last three games, Aden has been an essential part of our offense."

Farina-Henry's team-leading four goals all came in the last three games.

Princeton (5-9-3, 2-2-3 Ivy) controlled play in the first half, outshooting the Bulldogs 10-4. Still, it was Yale that scored first. Sam Post sent a free kick to Max Rhodes, who beat Tigers' goalkeeper Joe Walter from 15 yards out.

"Princeton was very strong in the first half," Tompkins said. "We were fortunate to get a goal against the flow of play."

Yale's lead didn't last for long. The Tigers tied it less than 10 minutes later when Antoine Hoppenot raced down the right wing and sent a cross to a wide-open Devin Muntz, who deflected it in.

Princeton took the lead midway through the second half. Yale goalkeeper Travis Chulick was whistled for taking down a Princeton player in the box. Brandon Busch knocked in the ensuing penalty kick at 61:31.

"We really answered the call after they took the lead," Tompkins said. "Even though we didn't get the win, I thought we accomplished something to come back."

The Tigers nearly won it in the final minutes of the second overtime. Ben Harms settled a cross and made a nifty move to get free, but his shot was just high of the crossbar.

Chulick finished with five saves for the Bulldogs. Princeton had a 20-11 edge in shots.

Yale seniors Alex Afsahi, Tyler Guse, Markus Jackson, Liam Leonard, Frank Piasta, Sam Post, Max Rhodes and Alex Guzinski all played the final game of their careers.

The Bulldogs finish the year with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 3-3-1 Ivy League mark.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity