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Bulldogs Drop Opener To No. 10 UConn 3-1

Andy Shorten. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Andy Shorten. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Andy Shorten Scores For Yale

STORRS, Conn. – A trip to UConn's Morrone Stadium is never an easy way to start the season, but when you have a young team that is starting seven freshmen or sophomores, it makes it even more difficult. That was the challenge the Yale men's soccer team faced. The Bulldogs put up a good fight but dropped a 3-1 decision to the 10th-ranked Huskies before a crowd of 3,787.

"Our inexperience showed at times, especially in the first half," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I thought we got better as the game went along. Our mentally to pursue the game was very good."

Mamadou Diouf scored twice to lead UConn's attack. Andy Shorten had the Yale goal.

Diouf got the Huskies on the board in the 10th minute when he headed in Carlos Alvarez's free kick after a Yale foul. UConn's second goal came off a corner kick. The ball was cleared out, but it came to Jossimar Sanchez, who fired a shot from 25 yards out that beat Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman.

Shorten got the Bulldogs on the board at 19:26 when he headed in Tucker Kocher's cross. The assist was the first point of Kocher's career.

Diouf's second goal late in the first half capped the scoring.

Thalman, a sophomore, made his first career start in goal and made six saves.

Josh Ford stopped one shot in goal for the Huskies.

"We'll learn from this," Tompkins said. "The outcome was not what we wanted but we gave a good effort."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday when they play at Fairfield. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity