September 28, 2005

No. 7 FDU Edges Yale 2-1 In OT

Sept. 28, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Nadav Gottesman scored on a penalty kick 1-minute, 29-seconds into overtime as seventh-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson edged Yale 2-1 in a non-league game at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Knights were awarded the penalty kick when Yale goalkeeper Erik Geiger inadvertently tripped an FDU player in the box. The loss snapped Yale's three-game winning streak and ended its six-game unbeaten streak.

"It was an even game. We certainly didn't feel like we were overmatched," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "When a team is doing well like Fairleigh Dickinson is, the breaks sometimes go their way."

FDU's Mirza Rusevic opened the scoring on a direct kick from 20 yards out with only 19 seconds left in the first half. The Bulldogs tied it early in the second half when Liam Leonard took a long feed from Markus Jackson and beat FDU goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski from the right wing.

Pino Tubito had two scoring opportunities for FDU midway though the second half. Geiger made a great, one-handed save of the first shot and then Tubito's shot off the rebound went just wide.

Yale (3-1-3) had a great chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but Josh Block's blast from right in front sailed over the crossbar.

FDU outshot Yale 14-11. Chencinski finished with three saves, while Geiger stopped six shots.

The Bulldogs open Ivy League play on Saturday when they host Harvard at 7 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.

"We're a team that's improving," Tompkins said. "This was a good experience for us. It sets us up well for our Ivy opener. We won't let this bring our spirits down."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity