Bulldogs Tie Fairfield 1-1 In Season Opener

Sept. 7, 2005

Box Score

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Freshman Alex Guzinski scored his first career goal and sophomore Erik Geiger made three saves in his first career start in goal, but Yale had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Fairfield in the Bulldogs' season opener.

Guzinski opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when he scored from 25 yards out on a direct kick. He struck a hard shot to the upper right corner, which glanced off Fairfield goalkeeper Andrew Frankel's hand and into the net.

Fairfield's Vasilis Androutsos, though, tied it with an unassisted goal at 77:17. Androutsos secured a loose ball and dribbled past two defenders into the box. As Geiger rushed toward Androutsos, the senior released a shot from 15 yards that glanced off the left post and bounced into the far right corner of the goal.

Each team had a chance to win the game in regulation, beginning with another opportunity for Androutsos. The forward accepted a pass 25 yards from goal, and headed for the goal. He pushed past a pair of defenders and had an open shot. He hit the ball to the lower right, which skidded past Yale's goalkeeper but just glanced off the outside of the post and over the end line.

The Bulldogs had an opportunity a few minutes later when a cross came to freshman Liam Leonard in the middle of the box. He one-timed the ball toward the goal, but the ball skipped wide left to keep the game at 1-1.

Neither team was able to score in two, 10-minute overtime periods.

The Stags (1-1-1) outshot Yale 11-8 in the game, but the Bulldogs had the only shot in the extra sessions.

Frankel made three saves in goal for Fairfield.

"We had a number of guys playing their first college game, and I thought they did very well against a good team," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Fairfield put a lot of pressure on us, but we defended well and played with a lot of conviction. We had a couple of chances to win it, but a tie is probably a fair result."

In addition to Guzinski, four other freshmen made their collegiate debuts - Gavin Blades, Markus Jackson, Leonard and Jon Carlos.

The Bulldogs play their home opener on Sunday against Providence at 2 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity