Sept. 30, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Andre Akpan scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 54th minute, as Harvard edged Yale 3-2 at Ohiri Field. Charles Altchek also scored for the Crimson. Alex Guzinski and Alex Munns had the goals for the Bulldogs.
Guzinski's goal at 23:10 gave Yale a 1-0 lead. It came when he settled a James Stewart pass and fired a shot from nearly 40 yards out that went just over the outstretched hand of Harvard goalkeeper Adam Hahn and into the top center of the net.
Akpan, though, tied it just four minutes later when he took a long pass from John Stamatis and slid a shot under Yale goalkeeper Erik Geiger.
The Bulldogs quickly regained the lead only 1:59 later. Alex Munns curled a direct kick past Hahn from just outside the box. Yale was awarded the kick when Hahn tripped Kevin Pope, who was racing after a ball toward the goal.
Harvard (6-4-1, 1-1 Ivy) tied it again late in the first half when Altchek banged in an Akpan cross at 41:31.
The Crimson controlled play for much of the second half, outshooting Yale 14-4. Akpan's game-winner at 53:36 was also set up by Stamatis.
Yale's best chance to tie came with under five minutes remaining. Munns dribbled down the left sideline and got off a hard shot, but Hahn managed to deflect it wide.
"We had a good start but weren't able to hold onto the lead," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Harvard got more and more confident as the game wore on."
Geiger finished with six saves for the Bulldogs, including an excellent stop of an Akpan shot midway through the second half that kept Yale's deficit at one. Hahn made four saves for the Crimson.
Yale (4-5-1, 1-1 Ivy) played without injured Gage Hills, who entered the week leading the Ivy League in goals.
"Gage's absence really showed," Tompkins said. "We weren't able to break through and our possession wasn't good."
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they host Fairfield at 7:30 p.m. Yale returns to Ivy League play next Sunday at Dartmouth.
"We're 1-1, and I still consider us very much in the hunt for the Ivy title," Tompkins said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity