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Jacobson Scores Twice As Yale Knocks Off Princeton 2-1 In Season Finale

Peter Jacobson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Peter Jacobson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Finish With 8-7-2 Overall Record, 4-3 Ivy Mark

PRINCETON, N.J. – The seven seniors on the Yale men's soccer team had a big impact on the success of this year's team. Saturday's season finale at Princeton, though, showed that the future is bright for the Bulldogs as well. Sophomore Peter Jacobson scored a pair of second-half goals as the Bulldogs came-from-behind to knock off the Tigers 2-1 on a beautiful late fall afternoon at Roberts Stadium.

Yale ends the season with an 8-7-2 overall record and a 4-3 Ivy mark. The Bulldogs won five more games overall than a year ago and three more Ivy games.

"I'm really proud of accomplishments of this team," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I think we made a statement about the future of the program. This is a good way to end the season. Our moral is high, and now we will try to build on the success in 2012."

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Jacobson tallied the equalizer just 2 minutes, 13 seconds into the second half. Milan Tica sent a long pass to Jacobson in the box. He corralled it and fired a shot past Princeton goalkeeper Seth MacMillan.

Tica also set up the game-winner. He sent a ball to Jacobson, who got off a low drive from the top right of the box.

"Down a goal, we knew we had to create more chances," Tompkins said. "We got two very good finishes from Peter."

Princeton (5-10-2, 1-5-1 Ivy) outshot Yale 16-10, but the Bulldogs had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made six saves to earn the victory.

"It was an exciting game with a lot of action at both ends," Tompkins said. "Both teams played with a lot of conviction.

Jacobson's two goals give him a team-leading seven for the season.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity