Sept. 5, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Seniors Gage Hills, Alex Munns and Jordan Rieger had played three games against Boston College prior to Tuesday night. All three ended in shutout losses. Each member of the trio made sure another shutout wasn't in the cards. Hills scored in the first half, and Rieger and Munns added second-half goals as the Bulldogs edged the Eagles 3-2 on a rainy night at Reese Stadium.
"This is the first time we've scored on them since I've been here," Rieger said. "To put three on the board is something to be proud of. We had great work all over the field."
Hills opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he dribbled the ball into the box and sent a shot into the lower right corner. It was his team-leading third goal of the season.
The lead held up until early in the second half when BC's Charlie Davies capitalized on a defensive miscue to tie the score. A Yale defender tried to head a ball back to goalkeeper Erik Geiger, but it went over his head and Davies was able to tap it into the empty net.
Yale (2-0) regained the lead less than five minutes later when Rieger scored only his second career goal. BC keeper Issey Moholo stopped a Hills shot off a corner kick, but Rieger was able to knock in the loose ball from right in front.
Munns then scored what turned out to be the game winner at 71:08 when he stole the ball from a BC defender and beat Moholo, who came out to try and stop the breakaway.
Davies scored his second goal of the game at 88:28 to cap the scoring.
"This game was all about heart and determination," Rieger said. "We knew we would have to be tough."
Geiger finished with four saves for the Bulldogs. The Eagles outshot Yale 17-11.
"Anytime you can beat a team from the premier league [Atlantic Coast Conference] in the country, it helps your confidence," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Tonight we were rewarded for our grit and determination."
Added Munns, "It's early in the season, but this game is a hint of what we are capable of."
Yale (2-0) is off to its best start since the 2002 team won its first five games. The Bulldogs host the E-Trade Financial Yale Classic this weekend. Yale plays George Mason on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Colgate on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity