Sept. 25, 2005
HANOVER, N.H. - On the opening day of the Dartmouth Classic on Friday, it was the offense that led Yale to victory. Sunday, it was the defense that shined. Erik Geiger made five saves to post his first career shutout and Yale benefitted from an own goal with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left in the second half to post a 1-0 victory over Drake at Sachem Field. The Bulldogs, who beat Rhode Island 6-2 Friday, captured the Classic title.
"Today was a tough battle," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I'm really pleased that we were able to find a way to win. Hopefully, we'll take some momentum into Wednesday's game against a nationally ranked opponent."
The Bulldogs, who have won three in a row after opening the season with three 1-1 ties, host 10th-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Knights are 6-0-1 after a 1-0 overtime victory over Columbia on Sunday.
Yale (3-0-3) and Dartmouth both went 2-0 in the tournament, but the Bulldogs won by virtue of goal differential (+5 to +2). Yale's Jake Miller and Dartmouth's Lucas Richardson shared defensive MVP honors, while the Bulldogs' Alex Munns was named the offensive MVP.
The only goal in Yale's win over Drake (2-5-1) came when Jon Skalecki sent a nice feed to Munns, who broke free on the left and sent a cross over the goalkeeper. Drake defender Peter Kariotis tried to clear it away but inadvertently put it into his own net.
The Bulldogs, who outshot Drake 16-9, had two goals disallowed. Shannon Brooks appeared to score in the 58th minute, but there was a foul called on the Drake goalkeeper before the goal. In the 89th minute, Munns beat Drake goalkeeper Phillip Breuer but the play was ruled offside.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity