Bulldogs Fall To Harvard In Season Finale
Nov. 17, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Harvard entered Reese Stadium Saturday with one of the most potent offenses in the Ivy League, and the 15th-ranked Crimson lived up to the reputation, scoring twice in both halves en route to a 4-0 victory over Yale on a sunny but chilly afternoon at Reese Stadium.
Michael Fucitio scored twice and added an assist for the Crimson, while Andre Akpan had one goal and two assists.
Yale ends its season with a 4-8-5 overall record and a 2-3-2 Ivy mark.
"We're young, but now we have experience," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We'll try and roll this into preparation for next season. I believe in this group. I expect we will bounce back in 2008."
The game was scoreless for the first 36 minutes, but Harvard struck twice in a 1:01 span to take control. Marcel Perl got the first goal when he headed an Akpan cross into the far corner. Akpan then made it 2-0 when he settled a Fucito pass and fired a shot into the left corner at 37:40.
"Things were pretty even for about the first half hour and then we paid dearly for not taking care of some of the small details," Tompkins said.
Fucito scored both of his goals in the second half. The first was set up by Akpan, who dribbled through traffic before sending a ball to the left side of the box where Fucito was waiting. He knocked it in at 73:36.
Less than six minutes later, Fucito struck again. This time he broke in on the left side and fired a shot into the right corner at 79:20
The Crimson (12-3-2, 5-2 Ivy) only had a 14-9 edge in shots but made the most of the opportunities.
Yale's four seniors - James Craig, Matt Perille, Erik Geiger and Dwayne Whylly -- were honored prior to the game. Geiger and Whylly both saw action in goal. Geiger played the first 49:38 and made two saves, while Whylly stopped three shots in his time in net. Craig started on defense, while Perille came off the bench.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity