First-Half Goal by Bears Proves Decisive
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Yale held the advantage in scoring opportunities over the course of 90 minutes at Stevenson-Pincince Field, but Brown prevailed with a 1–0 victory behind a first-half goal from Toby Howell.
The Bulldogs (6-6-3, 1-3-2 Ivy) edged the Bears in shots 12-5, but Brown put more shots on goal in their limited opportunities. Howell, one of four seniors on the home team's roster, scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season on Senior Day.
"This game is won and lost inside the boxes, and Brown took advantage of their limited chances, and we did not," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "That is something that has been too consistent in Ivy play, and we must continue to work to change our DNA as a group to find a way to win when things aren't going as smoothly as we want."
The Elis faced a number of challenges today as injuries to normal contributors forced Stannard to change the team's system to sure up Yale's backline. The windy conditions in Providence also placed an emphasis on passing with touch, which Stannard admitted was lacking from his squad today.
The game's lone goal came at the 28:51 mark when Matthew Chow played a ball across the center of the box that was backheeled on toward Howell by Derek Waleffe. Howell used the outside of his foot to finish off the crisp combination play and beat Bulldog goalkeeper Elian Haddock, who recorded his third start of the season against the Bears (8-7-1, 2-4-0 Ivy).
"We did a very good job of limiting Brown to very few chances, but we never really found our rhythm when we got on the ball or when we were trying to press defensively," said Stannard. "We needed to be much more pragmatic and simple in our play today."
Yale will return home to face Princeton next Saturday for Senior Day to close out the 2018 season. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Report filed by Won Jung (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity