Hackbarth’s Overtime Goal Lifts Yale Past Sacred Heart

Andy Hackbarth celebrates his game-winning goal vs. Sacred Heart. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Scores Game-Winner On Penalty Kick

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Andy Hackbarth ended a long night of soccer at Reese Stadium on Saturday by scoring on a penalty kick with just 2 minutes, 7 seconds left in the second overtime. The goal lifted Yale to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Sacred Heart and earned the Bulldogs their first win of the season.

Yale (1-5) was awarded the kick after Sacred Heart goalkeeper Alex Fait took down Eric Meyer in the box.

Freshman Peter Jacobson had scored at 60:22 to tie the score and send the game to the extra periods.

"There were a number of positives for us tonight," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We came from behind, and we were able to win in overtime. We really struggled in overtime last year so it was important to come out on top."

The Pioneers, who received votes in this week's NSCAA national poll, grabbed the early lead when Justin Brewer scored at 23:51.

The Bulldogs had a substantial edge in possession time in the second half and capitalized when Jacobson tallied his first career goal. It came following a turnover in the midfield. Cody Wilkins took possession, dribbed down the near side and sent a perfect cross to Jacobson, who banged it in.

"I thought in the second half we really turned the momentum with our defensive pressure," Tompkins said.

Yale had a couple of good chances to win it late in the second half. Hackbarth's free kick from 25 yards out was stopped by Fait in the 88th minute, and Jenner Fox got free in the final seconds, but his shot from the right side of the box went over the top of the crossbar.

The Bulldogs finished with a 15-11 advantage in shots.

Bobby Thalman made one save to earn his first career victory in goal. Fait stopped two shots for Sacred Heart (4-2).

"This was a really good, hard-working team victory," Tompkins said. "I'm very pleased with the persistence we showed to get the result."

Yale is back in action on Tuesday at Quinnipiac. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity