October 19, 2011

Bulldogs Earn 1-1 Tie With Sacred Heart

Jacobson Scores In First Half For Yale

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The final non-league game of the season for the Yale men's soccer team had a little bit of everything. Yale and Sacred Heart combined for 26 shots, and both team failed to capitalize on penalty kicks. The end result was a 1-1 tie on a cold and raw night at Campus Field.

"It's a frustrating outcome for us," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I thought we created enough chances to win it, but a few key moments didn't go our way."

Sacred Heart had the first penalty kick midway through the first half, but Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman stopped Omer Levy's attempt.

Eleven minutes later, Yale (6-5-2) got on the board when Jenner Fox sent a free kick to Peter Jacobson, who headed it past SHU goalkeeper Alex Fait.

The Pioneers then tied it early in the second half when Levy snuck a shot inside the far post.

Yale had its penalty kick opportunity midway through the second half, but Fait was able to stop Brad Rose's attempt.

Both teams had three shots in the two 10-minute overtime periods.  The Bulldogs had a chance early in the second extra session when Rose got his head on a Max Morice corner kick, but it went wide.

"We had good possession but couldn't make it count," Tompkins said. "Their goalkeeper made a couple of big saves."

Yale outshot Sacred Heart 14-12 in the game. Sacred Heart had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

Thalman finished with six saves for the Bulldogs, while Fait stopped eight shots for SHU.

Tompkins used a total of 19 players in the game.

"It was valuable experience for some of the guys that haven't played a lot," he said.

Yale returns to Ivy League action on Saturday at Penn. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity