Sept. 15, 2006
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gage Hills scored with 59 seconds left in the second half to help Yale earn a 1-1 tie with Drake before a crowd of 897 at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Erik Geiger made six saves in goal for the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless first half, Drake (3-3-1) broke through in the 51st minute when Garrett Webb scored an unassisted goal from just inside the box. Hills' goal came on a shot from inside the box and was unassisted.
"Our guys showed tremendous character to comeback in a difficult environment against a tough team," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We found a goal in the last minute to tie and then really took it to them in the overtime. We were a bit unfortunate not to get a win."
Yale outshot Drake 3-1 in the two 10-minute overtime periods. Both teams had 13 shots in the game.
Alex Munns, a Des Moines, Iowa, native who had played several games at the Cownie Complex growing up, had a couple of chances in overtime but was unable to capitalize.
The game was part of the Diadora Challenge. The Bulldogs now move on to Omaha, Neb., where they will play Creighton on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST. Fans can watch a free webcast of the NET broadcast of Sunday's game online live at www.netnebraska.org/television/. Larry Punteney (play-by-play) and former Bluejay Peter Henning (analyst) will provide the call. The game will be televised nationally on tape delay by CSTV. It will air on CSTV on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. (EST) and again on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at noon (EST). Creighton tied Oregon State 2-2 on Friday.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity