Oct. 1, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Alex Munns and Jon Carlos each had a goal and an assist as Yale opened Ivy League play with an impressive 3-1 victory over Harvard before a crowd of 1,385 at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Liam Leonard also scored for the Bulldogs, who improved to 4-1-3 with the victory.
"It was a game of two halves," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We carried the play in the first half, and Harvard really came at us strong in the second half, but we were able to withstand the pressure. It was a great Ivy League battle, indicative of the passion and emotion of every Yale-Harvard soccer game."
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Leonard scored off a feed from Carlos at 6:20.
"To gain any kind of advantage early, especially in an Ivy League game, is really beneficial," Tompkins said. "Liam finished that play beautifully and it gave us momentum."
Carlos scored Yale's second goal late in the first half when he deflected in a nifty cross from Munns at 40:09. The Bulldogs controlled play in the first half, outshooting the Crimson 6-4. Yale had a chance for a bigger advantage, but Harvard goalkeeper Ryan Johnson made a diving save of a Munns penalty kick midway through the first half.
The Crimson (4-2-1, 0-1 Ivy) picked up its play in the second half and got on the board when John Stamatis scored on a penalty kick at 56:40.
Munns, though, sealed the victory for Yale when he scored an unassisted goal with 6:46 left in the second half.
"The third goal was huge for us," Tompkins said.
Dwayne Whylly made his first start of the season in goal for the Bulldogs and made four saves. Johnson stopped three shots for Harvard.
Yale is back in action on Tuesday, playing at Central Connecticut at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs host Dartmouth next Saturday at 4 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity