Carroll Scores Off Corner Kick From Downs
NEW HAVEN, Conn - The Yale men's soccer team sent its Class of 2019 off on a high note as the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 1-0 on a windy day at Reese Stadium.
Saturday's fixture doubled as Senior Day for the Elis (7-6-3, 2-3-2 Ivy), who honored their nine seniors prior to kickoff. Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of Yale, started eight of his seniors against the Tigers, who came into the game undefeated in conference play.
Princeton (10-5-2, 5-1-1 Ivy) was crowned the 2018 Ivy League champion just prior to kickoff by virtue of an overtime loss by second-place Columbia to Cornell. However, the Bulldogs fared well with their experience-laden starting lineup as they matched the Tigers blow for blow throughout the first half. Both teams tallied two shots on goal in the first frame but neither team was able to find the back of the net.
In the second half, Princeton applied early pressure against the Elis, but Yale did well to recover. The Elis finally broke through at the 48:25 mark when a corner kick from Nicky Downs ricocheted off a Tiger defender and found its way to Paolo Carroll. The first-year forward finished the opportunity from point-blank range to put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0.
Carroll's fifth goal of the season proved to the be the difference as Yale spoiled Princeton's chances of an undefeated conference season. Carroll now ends the season with five goals, five assists, and 15 points, all of which lead the Bulldogs. Downs also added to his totals with his fifth assist and 13th point of the season.
"I can't be more proud," said Stannard. "It's a great accomplishment for this program and for these seniors that have battled a lot of tough times and adversity... It's easy to take your foot off the pedal when there is no chance for the postseason but this group was focused and driven to have a winning season, and they fought until the end. They are embracing and living the values we talk about for the program."
Goalkeeper Tom Wallenstein recorded four saves and brought his season record to 4-4-3.
With Saturday's victory, the Elis finish the season with a winning overall record for the first time since 2011 and continues the steady progress the program has made since Stannard's arrival in 2015. Yale's overall record has improved in every season during Stannard's tenure.
Report filed by Won Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity