First Home Loss For Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Lafayette had a near flawless formula for success Saturday at Reese Stadium. The Leopards scored early, added an insurance goal later in the first half and played very stingy defense the rest of way in an impressive 2-0 victory over Yale on a gorgeous evening for soccer.
"Lots of credit to Lafayette tonight because they competed very hard from the start," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We knew it was going to be a fast and physical game, but we didn't come out with the right mindset and Lafayette dictated the game early."
Ryan Egan got Lafayette on the board just 3 minutes, 7 seconds into the game when he fired a shot into the top of the net from 20 yards out.
The Bulldogs were then the more dangerous team for the next 20 minutes or so, until the Leopards struck again at 32:39. Ben Marks sent a nice forward ball to Evan Vare, who took a few dribbles and got off a shot that deflected off the post and in.
From there, the Leopards were in lock down mode defensively. And when the Bulldogs managed to get through, goalkeeper Brad Seeber was ready.
Seeber, the reigning Patriot League goalkeeper of the week, made four saves to post the shutout. His best stop came when he snared a hard shot from Henry Flugstad-Clarke midway through the second half.
Lafayette limited Yale to three shots over the final 45 minutes.
The Leopards (2-4) have won two straight, outscoring their opponents 5-1.
The Bulldogs, who were missing two starters due to injury, are now 1-2-1.
"I was very happy with how we responded in the second half, but we need to learn how to compete at this level for 90 minutes," Stannard said. "We have a couple of key injuries and a young team right now so we have to learn and mature very quickly. This was a great game to prepare us for the Ivy League so we need to use this experience and improve."
Yale plays at New Hampshire next Saturday at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity