Bulldogs Fall 1-0 At Dartmouth

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Andy Hackbarth. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Big Green Score Only Goal Late In First Half

HANOVER, N.H. – The second half of Saturday's game with Dartmouth may have been the most frustrating of the season so far for the Yale men's soccer team. The Bulldogs had the better of the play, outshooting the Big Green 8-4, and had plenty of opportunities to score but couldn't finish.

As a result, Sten Stray-Gundersen's goal late in the first half turned out to be the difference as Dartmouth knocked off Yale 1-0 before a big crowd of 1,009 at Burnham Field.

"We kept knocking on the door right until the end," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins, who saw his team shutout for the third straight game. "We're still struggling to finish off our good play with goals. Sooner or later the dam is going to burst and we are going to get some goals."

Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen played a big role in keeping the Bulldogs off the board. Five of Yale's eight shots in the second half were on goal, but Cohen stopped them all.

The Big Green (5-5, 1-1 Ivy) controlled the play for much of the first half, but it took Dartmouth until the 42nd minute to grab the lead. Brad Jacobson sent a cross into the box that Stray-Gundersen tapped into the net.

"It's always difficult to concede a goal just before halftime, but I really liked our response in the second half," Tompkins said.

In fact, the Bulldogs (3-5-3, 0-1-1 Ivy) had five of the first six shots after the intermission.

Dartmouth finished with a 12-10 edge in shots. Both teams had two corner kicks.

Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made three saves.

The Bulldogs play their third straight Ivy League road game at Cornell next Saturday at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity