No. 15 Penn Edges Yale 2-0

Matt Chesky and Max McKiernan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matt Chesky and Max McKiernan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Quakers Score Both Goals In Second Half

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One play went a long way in deciding the outcome of Saturday's Yale men's soccer game with Penn. Midway through the second half, Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman was ruled to have deliberately tripped a Penn player in the box. The Quakers were awarded a penalty kick and Thalman was issued a red card. Christian Barreiro knocked in the p.k. and Loukas Tasigianis added an insurance goal 11 minutes later as the 15th-ranked Quakers escaped Reese Stadium with a 2-0 victory.

While there was little question about the awarding of the penalty kick, the red card on Thalman seemed harsh. It forced the Bulldogs to play the last 22 minutes, 40 seconds a man down against a Penn team that hasn't allowed a goal since Sept. 26.

"It was the turning point of the game," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We were still alive at that point and doing okay."

There were only three shots in the first half, but two of them were big-time scoring chances. In the 26th minute, Yale's Eric Meyer split the defense and rocketed a shot a just wide from 12 yards out. Six minutes later, Penn's Thomas Brandt got behind the defense on the right wing, but saw his shot kicked away by Thalman, who made a terrific save on the play.

Penn (11-2, 4-0 Ivy) had the better of the play early in the second half, getting the first four shots. Nevertheless, the game remained scoreless until 67:20 when the Quakers were awarded the penalty kick.

Matt Chesky, who had not appeared in a game yet this season, had the unenviable task of replacing Thalman. He came close to stopping Barreiro's shot and finished with three saves.

"I thought Matt did well under difficult circumstances," Tompkins said. "He made a couple of good saves."

Despite being a man down, the Bulldogs (2-10-1, 1-3 Ivy) had two shots before Tasigianis sealed the victory with his goal at 78:19.

Penn finished with a 16-5 edge in shots.

The Quakers have now posted five straight shutouts.

Yale is back in action on Wednesday, hosting Lehigh. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity