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Yale Plays Scoreless Tie With Columbia

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

Bulldogs Post Second Straight Shutout

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale and Columbia played an exciting and wide-open game Saturday at Reese Stadium. Both teams had a number of good scoring chances and there were 31 combined shots. None of them found the mark, however, so the game ended in a scoreless tie.

"It was a thrilling game," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "It was two teams that want to attack. The effort and commitment from both teams was fantastic."

Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made six saves to post his third shutout of the season. It was the second straight shutout for the Bulldogs, who blanked Lehigh on Wednesday.

"Columbia is one of the faster teams in the league," Tompkins said. "I thought our defense handled their pace very well."

The Lions (5-7-2, 1-3-1 Ivy) came the closest to scoring. After a misplay by Yale in its box, Bayo Adafin found himself alone on the right. He got off a hard shot but it banged off the post.

Yale's best opportunity came midway through the second half. Scott Armbrust got behind the defense, but Columbia goalkeeper Alexander Aurrichio came out to knock away Armbrust's shot.

The Lions had a 5-2 edge in shots in the two 10-minute overtime periods.

The Bulldogs nearly won it in the final seconds. Andy Shorten dribbled down the left side and sent a dangerous cross into the box but it was headed away by a Columbia defender as time expired.

"We came on strong at the end of the second half, and they got on us a bit in the overtime," Tompkins said. "We had our chances and so did they."

The Bulldogs play their final road game of the season next Saturday. Kickoff in Providence is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity