Patriots Strike Fast In Overtime To Top Yale

Patriots Strike Fast In Overtime To Top Yale

Sept. 8, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Chris Chaves deflected in Irvin Martinez's cross 32 seconds into the first overtime as George Mason topped the Bulldogs 1-0 on the opening day of the E*Trade Financial 2006 Yale Soccer Classic Presented by Barnes & Noble.

For the first time this season the weather was nice at Reese Stadium, and the 820 fans in attendance saw an entertaining game but went home disappointed as the Patriots handed Yale its first loss of the season.

"George Mason worked incredibly hard, and they made it difficult for us to get any rhythm in our play," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We played into their hands and didn't do enough to solve the technical problems they posed. We'll bounce back, though, and be ready for Sunday."

The Patriots (2-2) outshot the Bulldogs 23-13. Erik Geiger made six saves in goal for Yale (2-1). Sean Kelley stopped six shots for George Mason.

Both teams had a number of good scoring chances in regulation. Yale's best chance came midway through the second half when Gage Hills fed Jordan Raybould in front of the net, but Raybould's chip shot went just over the crossbar.

A few minutes later, George Mason nearly took the lead. Dan Ames fired a hard shot from 15 yards out, but Rieger got just enough of it to deflect it off the post.

In the first game of the day, Dartmouth and Colgate played a scoreless tie.

On Sunday, Dartmouth plays George Mason at noon and Yale meets Colgate at 2:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity