Bulldogs Fall In Home Opener
NEW HAVEN, Conn. –Central Connecticut didn't look like a team that had been struggling to score goals Wednesday night against Yale. Terrell Whiting scored twice and added an assist to lead the Blue Devils to a 3-0 victory and spoil the Bulldogs' home opener in newly renovated Reese Stadium.
"Give credit where it's due. Central played very well," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Their passing was really strong and we had a tough time closing them down."
Yale, on the other hand, continues to be snakebit. The Bulldogs (0-5) had a good amount of possession time but had two of their better scoring opportunities bang off the post.
"We're not catching any breaks," Tompkins said. "I was pleased with our effort and our determination to get back in the game. We'll persevere. There are too many good signs to be discouraged."
The Blue Devils (2-2) got on the board midway through the first half. Whitting slid a pass across the box to Joel Diamand, who drilled it into the lower right corner at 26:01.
Central Connecticut took advantage of a turnover in the midfield to tally its second goal. Robert Cavener sent a long ball forward to Whiting, who raced past the Yale defense and slid a shot into the net at 51:26.
Cavener also set up the Blue Devils' third goal. This one came off a corner kick. Cavener sent a short ball to Whiting, who blasted a shot into the near corner from 20 yards out at 76:02.
"In the second half, we tried to fight our way back, but we got caught a couple of times," Tompkins said. "We're a young team and there are going to be times when it shows."
Yale's best chances came in a two-minute stretch late in the second half. Milan Tica left-footed a shot from 20 yards out that banged off the near post. Chris Dennen then headed a Tica free kick off the far post.
Central finished with a 12-9 advantage in shots, but Yale had a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
Bobby Thalman made one save in goal for the Bulldogs. Anthony Occhialini played the first 83 minutes in goal for the Blue Devils and stopped three shots.
Yale is back in action on Saturday night, hosting Sacred Heart. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity