Sept. 7, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's soccer team opened the season in impressive fashion. Jordan Raybould scored in the first half, and Eric Meyer added a second-half tally as the Bulldogs blanked Maine 2-0 on a sunny and hot afternoon at Reese Stadium. Travis Chulick made four saves to post the shutout in goal.
"This was just the kind of game we needed," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We had to work hard to get the win. Maine certainly was no pushover. Given the heat and given the fact it was our first game, I thought we showed a lot of promise."
Maine (1-3) was playing for the fourth time this season, but Yale had the better of the play for most of the game, outshooting the Black Bears 14-11 and also had a higher number of quality chances.
The Bulldogs' first goal in the 27th minute came off a corner kick. Meyer sent a long cross to Alex Guzinski, whose header was deflected in by Raybould. Yale added an insurance goal midway through the second half. Freshman Charlie Neil set it up by dribbling down the far side and sending a cross into the box. Max Rhodes outfought a defender and deflected it to Meyer, who headed it into the right corner.
"Both goals were very well done," Tompkins said. "We haven't traditionally had much success on headers, so that was nice. I thought Jordan scoring was a just reward. He was outstanding on offense and defense."
Chulick, making only the second start of his career, was solid for the Bulldogs. His best save of the game came shortly after Yale scored its second goal. It came when he dove to his left to deflect Thomas McCole's shot from just inside the box.
Maine keeper Alex Pilitsis also played well, finishing with five saves.
Yale had three freshmen in its starting lineup, Neil, Andy Hackbarth and Marcus DiLallo. Hackbarth had a good scoring chance early in the first half, but his free kick from just outside the box sailed wide.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday when play Colgate at the Dartmouth Classic at 4:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity