McKiernan Scores For Yale
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Yale men's soccer team was a bit frustrated at halftime of Tuesday night's game with Albany. The Bulldogs had played a solid first 45 minutes but still went to the locker room all even at one with the Great Danes.
Yale's inability to put the game away proved costly when Ivan Martinez scored his first goal of the season with 8:44 left in the second half to lift Albany to a 2-1 victory on a chilly night at Bob Ford Field.
"We gave up an early goal, but I thought we had a great response," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We dominated the rest of the first half and really the game should have been won before halftime. We lost some of our sharpness in the second half."
The Great Danes (2-7-1) scored first when Bernardo Mattos headed in Philip Persson's free kick at 6:39.
From there, Yale seized control for the rest of the first half. The Bulldogs had seven of the next eight shots and finally tied it when Max McKiernan took a long shot from 30 yards out that got past Albany goalkeeper Tim Allen at 33:42.
Yale (2-7) had a 13-3 edge in shots in the opening half.
The play was more even in the second half, and it was Albany that broke through late when Martinez was able to flick a shot over a Yale defender and goalkeeper Ryan Simpson.
The Bulldogs return to Ivy League play on Saturday when they host Dartmouth at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium. Yale has a 1-0 Ivy record after last Saturday's emotional 2-1 victory over Harvard.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity