Sept. 20, 2006
TEANECK, N.J. - It's been a busy few days for the Bulldogs. Yale didn't arrive back on campus from its weekend trip to the Midwest until 2 a.m. Monday morning and had little time to recuperate before heading to New Jersey to meet 17th-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday. If the team was jet lagged, it didn't show. Gage Hills scored on a penalty kick in the 87th minute to snap a 1-1 tie and lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory over the Knights at University Stadium.
FDU (3-2-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Jorge Blacido's goal in the 37th minute. Dan Rasoilo created the opportunity, getting the ball to Samson Malijani on the right side. Malijani tapped the ball over Blacido, who fired a shot into the left side of the net from in front.
Yale (3-3-1) benefited from an own goal to tie the match in the 84th minute. A pair of FDU defenders went up in a scramble and deflected the ball into their own net.
Less than four minutes later, Hills scored the game winner on a penalty kick. It was his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Dwayne Whylly made his first start of the season in goal and stopped three shots. Elvir Prasovic was not forced to make a save for FDU. Both teams had eight shots in the game.
"I was really pleased with our determination to come back from a goal down," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We were a little weary from the weekend, and it showed in our play early in the game. This was just the boost we needed going into the Ivy season. We'll hope the momentum carries over."
Yale opens league play on Saturday at home against Princeton at 4:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity