No. 17 Fairfield Tops Yale 3-1

Oct. 4, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Alex Cunliffe scored twice, both on penalty kicks, as 17th-ranked Fairfield edged Yale 3-1 at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs outshot the Stags 15-6 but were victimized by the penalty kicks.

"We deserved more out of this game than we got," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins.

Cunliffe's first penalty kick came in the 18th minute after Paul McQuade was fouled in the box.

The Bulldogs (4-6-1) tied it early in the second half. Markus Jackson sent a long pass to James Stewart, who fired a hard shot past Fairfield goalkeeper Jon Paul Francini. Stewart now has at least one point in each of the last four games.

The Stags, who extended their unbeaten streak to six games, scored the game-winner less than 10 minutes later. McQuade lofted a perfect pass to Christian Uy, who was alone at the near post and tapped it in.

Yale had a couple of chances to tie. Stewart fired a shot from 20 yards out that went high in the 62nd minute and Alex Munns headed a cross high a few minutes later.

McQuade also was responsible for the second penalty kick when he was tripped by a Yale defender while trying to get to a ball outside the box. Cunliffe drilled the kick into the right corner at 71:54 to seal the victory.

Francini made six saves to earn the victory in goal for the Stags (7-2-1). Erik Geiger made one save for Yale.

"We passed the ball well," Tompkins said. "We wanted to be patient, and when we did that we were dangerous."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday when they play at Dartmouth at 2:30 p.m. Yale and the Big Green shared the Ivy League title with Brown last year.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity