Sept. 23, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jordan Raybould made his first career goal a big one. Raybould knocked in the rebound after James Stewart's header hit the right post. The goal snapped a 2-2 tie in the 82nd minute and lifted Yale to a 3-2 victory over Princeton on a humid afternoon at Reese Stadium.
"I was playing right back, but I had a feeling there might be a chance," Raybould said. "I'm a gambler; I like to go forward so I told Jake [Miller] to cover for me. James headed it off the post, it came right to me and I was able to put it in the lower right corner."
"Jordan was really our man of the match," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "He defended really well, and to get his first goal in his first Ivy League game is outstanding."
Alex Munns and Stewart scored first-half goals to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. Princeton, though, tied it with two goals in a five-minute stretch early in the second half.
"Even though we were winning at halftime, we didn't feel we were playing particularly well," Tompkins said. "And then we paid the price for a couple of miscues. Our response [to Princeton's two goals] was excellent. We hit the post two or three times and were a little unlucky a couple of times. When Jordan scored, I really felt we deserved that goal."
Yale (4-3-1, 1-0 Ivy) had several excellent chances shortly after the Tigers tied it. Gage Hills was tripped just outside the box which resulted in a yellow card on Princeton goalkeeper Justin Oppenheimer. Alex Guzinski took the direct kick and fired a shot that Oppenheimer punched away. Jon Carlos then stole the ball from a Princeton defender, but Oppenheimer turned away his shot as well.
"We got a little complacent with the lead," Raybould said, "but once they tied it, we really kicked it into gear. Their goalkeeper made a couple of tough saves."
The Bulldogs controlled play for most of the second half, outshooting Princeton 15-7.
Munns gave Yale the early lead at 4:55 when he settled a cross from Stewart and fired a shot from the right wing past a diving Oppenheimer. The same two combined for the Bulldogs' second goal as well. This time it was Munns who centered a ball to Stewart, who spun around and chipped it in from five yards out.
Oppenheimer finished with 12 saves for the Tigers (3-3-2). Erik Geiger stopped four shots for Yale.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to UConn. The kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
- Munns scores off a pass from Stewart at 4:55
- Stewart scores a nice goal off a great pass from Munns, who got a brilliant ball from Rieger
- Raybould scores the game-winner
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity