Bulldogs Fall to Duquesne on First Night of Soccer Classic

Sept. 17, 2004

Box Score

Jason Sourbeer and Steve Mellor eached tallied a goal and an assist to lead Duquesne past Yale, 3-1, on the opening night of the Yale Soccer Classic. Andrew Dealy netted the lone goal for the Bulldogs.

After a scorless first half, Duquesne (3-3) exploded for three goals in the second, before Dealy got Yale (0-3) on the board in the final minutes. He took the ball in the box, made a couple moves to free himself and blasted a high shot into the right side of the net.

The game turned on Sourbeer's opening goal in the 50th minute, when he headed in a ball from Mellor. The Dukes struck again just seven minutes later, when Matt Mehler played a ball through to Scott Gibson, who sent it home for the eventual game-winner.

Yale turned up its play after the second Duquesne goal, getting the ball on its feet in and around the Duquesne box, but not getting off many shots. Mellor's goal after a long free kick from Sourbeer into the box sealed the win for the Dukes.

The Bulldogs continued to fight back after the third goal and avoided being shut out. They also controlled much of the play on the night, especially in the first half, when the shots were even at five and Yale secured one more corner.

Yale takes the field again Sunday, on Day 2 of the Classic. The Bulldogs will host Hartwick at 2:30 after Duquesne plays Brown at noon. Brown defeated Hartwick in double overtime, 2-1, in the first game of the event.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity