October 20, 2009

Sixth-Ranked UConn Edges Yale 2-0

Bulldogs Outshoot Huskies 12-11

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  - It didn't take long for the Yale men's soccer team to realize it could play with sixth-ranked UConn Tuesday night. Chris Dennen had a great opportunity to get the Bulldogs on the board just two minutes in, but Josh Ford made an acrobatic save to knock away his header.

"That was a world class save," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Even though it didn't go in, I think it gave us a little confidence."

Yale went on to outshoot the Huskies 12-11, but UConn capitalized on its chances en route to a 2-0 victory before a crowd of 527 at Reese Stadium. The Huskies (9-2-3) are unbeaten in their last eight games and haven't allowed a goal during the stretch.

"I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves. We matched up pretty well against one of the better teams in the country," Tompkins said. "A couple of lapses in concentration hurt us on both ends."

UConn got on the board at 28:26 when Stephane Diop dribbled down the left side and fired a shot that banged off the right post and went in.

Yale (4-6-3) kept the Huskies off the board for nearly 60 minutes and had a couple of chances to tie, especially in the second half. Milan Tica fired a free kick from 25 yards out that went just high at 61:13, and Jon Carlos got free on the right wing in the 78th minute, but his shot went wide.

Max Wasserman then sealed the victory for UConn when he settled a pass from Tony Cascio and scored from 15 yards.

Travis Chulick made two saves in goal for the Bulldogs. His stop came when he robbed Cascio from point-blank range early in the second half.

"This was a good game for us," Tompkins said. "It was a good test of our passing and tactical understanding for our upcoming Ivy games."

This was the final non-league game of the season for the Bulldogs, who play at Penn on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity