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Columbia Edges Yale 2-1

Nicky Downs scoring his fourth goal of the season (Steve Musco photo)
Nicky Downs scoring his fourth goal of the season (Steve Musco photo)

Downs Scores For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale played a dominant second half Saturday against Columbia. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs it wasn't quite enough to overcome the Lions' strong first half. Columbia scored early and late in the opening 45 minutes and escaped with a 2-1 victory on a rainy and windy afternoon at Reese Stadium.

"This is a tough one to swallow," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We simply weren't sharp enough from the start. Columbia scored a couple of nice goals, but they were created from our own mistakes."

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Yale had the far better of the play in the second half. The Bulldogs were rewarded when Nicky Downs scored his fourth goal of the season. Paolo Carroll started the play when he back-tapped a pass from the end line to Andrew Carton. Carton then sent a perfect cross to Downs, who finished at 66:22.

Yale kept the pressure on but couldn't get the tying goal. The Bulldogs outshot the Lions 11-3 over the final 45 minutes.

"The team responded very positively after halftime, and I thought we were going to find the equalizer," Stannard said. "I think if we get the second goal, we find a way to win the game, but unfortunately it never came and credit to Columbia for making the necessary plays to win."

The victory keeps the Lions (8-4-1, 4-1 Ivy) very much in the race for the Ivy title.

The Bulldogs now turn their attention to finishing off a very positive season on a high note. Yale (6-5-1, 1-2-2 Ivy) already has surpassed last year's overall win total and still has a chance to post a winning overall record for the first time since 2011.

The Bulldogs close out the season with games at Brown next Saturday and at home vs. Princeton on Nov. 10.

"We may not be able to win the Ivy League now, but this team still has a lot to play for, and we will give it everything we have the last two games," Stannard said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity