September 21, 2010

Yale, Quinnipiac Battle To Scoreless Draw

Thalman Stops Five Shots For Bulldogs

HAMDEN, Conn. – Yale and Quinnipiac have both been pretty stingy in allowing goals so far this season. As a result, it probably wasn't all that surprising that the teams played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer on Tuesday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field.

"It was a typical inter-city scrap," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I thought our general effort was really good. Both teams fought very hard."

Both teams also had plenty of chances to score. Yale (1-5-1) nearly won it late in the second half but Peter Jacobson's header off a corner kick was blocked.

Quinnipiac's best opportunity came midway through the second half. Philip Surprise got off a good shot, but Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made a diving save.

Thalman stopped five shots in the game to post his first career shutout. Four of his saves came in the second half.

"Bobby played very well," Tompkins said. "He made some key saves at important times."

Quinnipiac (0-4-1) had a 17-9 edge in shots, including 3-1 in the two 10-minute overtime periods, but the number of high quality scoring chances was pretty equal.

"We had our share of opportunities," Tompkins said. "We just couldn't find that all-important goal."

The Bulldogs are back home on Friday, hosting Fairleigh Dickinson at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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