Oct. 4, 2003
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Matt Aleksinas made four saves in goal to post his third straight shutout as Yale opened Ivy League play with a 1-0 victory over Harvard before an enthusiastic crowd at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Andrew Dealy scored the only goal of the game on a penalty kick at 8:34. The Bulldogs were awarded the penalty kick after a Harvard player touched the ball with his hand in the box.
"It was a good, spirited Ivy League battle," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Harvard is a dangerous team, and our guys worked really hard to shut down their offense."
Yale controlled play for most of the game, outshooting the Crimson (3-3-2, 0-1 Ivy) 13-8, including 7-3 in the second half.
Harvard's best scoring chance came late in the second half, but Matt Hoff's shot from 10 yards out sailed high over the goal. Ryan Johnson made four saves in goal for the Crimson.
Yale has won three straight games and hasn't allowed a goal since the first half of a 3-1 loss to Creighton on Sept. 21.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday night when they play at Fairfield at 7 p.m.