Three-Goal Second Half Leads Big Red
ITHACA, N.Y. – Yale held Cornell's high-powered offense in check for the first two-thirds of Saturday's game. The Big Red, though, got a few opportunities late and made them count, scoring three goals in an 18-minute stretch en route to a 3-0 victory before a big crowd of 1,121 at Berman Field.
The Big Red, ranked 16th in the nation, is 12-0 overall and has won its first three Ivy League games.
"Cornell is a very dangerous offensive team, and I thought we did an excellent job containing them in the first half," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins.
The Bulldogs (3-6-3, 0-2-1 Ivy) actually had the better of the play in the first 45 minutes. Cornell had a slight edge in shots (8-7), but Yale had four of the five corner kicks.
"I thought we played really well in the first half," Tompkins said.
The momentum, though, started to turn in the second half, but it took a free kick to help the Big Red get its first goal. The kick went off a couple of heads in the box before Tyler Regan finally headed it in at 63:56.
Cornell used a pretty goal to make it 2-0 at 75:25. Daniel Haber sent a pass forward to Nico Nissl. Nissl used a quick touch to get it to Atticus DeProspo, who fired it in.
Haber, who entered the game second in the nation in goals, tallied his 16th of the season on a free kick to cap the scoring at 81:25.
Cornell finished with a 23-11 edge in shots.
Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made seven saves for the Bulldogs.
Yale was without top defender Nick Alers, who missed the game with an injury.
After playing their last three games on the road, the Bulldogs finally return to the friendly confines to Reese Stadium to host Lehigh on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
"We need to keep working hard to turn the results our way," Tompkins said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity