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Columbia Edges Yale 1-0

Bobby Thalman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Bobby Thalman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Lions Score Only Goal Midway Through First Half

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The formula for success for the Columbia men's soccer team has been simple this season. If Will Stamatis scores, the Lions are likely to win. That was the case again on Sunday against Yale. Stamatis scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half, and Columbia held on for a 1-0 victory on a cold afternoon.

It was the fifth game-winning goal of the season for Stamatis, who leads the team with six goals overall.

Nick Scott started the winning play by sending a cross into the box. Henning Sauerbier deflected it to Stamatis, who finished from right in front at 32:28.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed a day because of the freak snow that hit the city.

"It was difficult for us to find a rhythm in the first half," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We were much sharper in the second half, but being down a goal meant we had to chase the game."

The Bulldogs (7-6-2, 3-2 Ivy) did have opportunities to tie. The best came in the 70th minute. With Columbia's goalkeeper out of position, Brad Rose got off a shot that was headed away by Lion defender Jesse Vella.

Milan Tica got his head on the ensuing corner kick but it went wide.

Yale had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks in the game but was outshot 10-5.

Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made three saves for the Bulldogs.

Despite the loss, Yale remains within striking distance of first place. The Bulldogs sit one point behind both Brown and Dartmouth and two in back of first-place Cornell.

Yale has two games remaining – at home next Saturday against Brown and at Princeton on Nov. 12.

"The good news is we are still alive in the Ivy race," Tompkins said. "We learned from today and know what we need to make right for next week."

Next Saturday's game with Brown kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity