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Harvard Edges Yale In Ivy Opener 1-0

Kevin Peterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kevin Peterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Outshoot Crimson 7-3 In Second Half

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The start of Ivy League play didn't bring an end to the frustration for the Yale men's soccer team. The Bulldogs gave defending Ivy champion Harvard all it could handle but dropped a 1-0 decision on a beautiful afternoon at Ohiri Field. Scott Prozeller scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half.

Both teams had 11 shots in the game. Yale had a 7-3 edge in the second half but couldn't get the equalizer.

It was the sixth one-goal loss of the season for the Bulldogs (1-8-1, 0-1 Ivy).

"It was a typical Yale-Harvard soccer game," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Both teams played hard and didn't give much ground. There weren't a lot of clear-cut chances for either team."

The Crimson (3-3-3, 1-0 Ivy) took advantage of an opportunity at the 30-minute mark. Jaren LaGreca sent a cross into the left side of the box that Prozeller headed into the right side of the net.

The Bulldogs had a couple of near misses in the second half. Eric Meyer curled a shot that went just wide midway through the half, and Kevin Peterson fired a shot that just barely went over the crossbar a few minutes later.

"We had some chances in the second half that could have brought us back," Tompkins said.

Bobby Thalman made three saves in goal for Yale. Austin Harms stopped one shot to earn the shutout for the Crimson.

The Bulldogs will be back in action next Saturday when they play at Dartmouth. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity