Bulldogs Post Third Straight Shutout; Blank Army 1-0

Oct. 9, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Goals have been a little hard to come by for the Bulldogs this season. Fortunately, they've been more adept at keeping their opponents off the scoreboard. Those traits were on display again on Tuesday night at Reese Stadium. Alex Guzinski scored in the 32nd minute, and Erik Geiger made six saves to post his third straight shutout as Yale blanked Army 1-0.

The Bulldogs (2-4-2) are unbeaten in their last four games and haven't allowed a goal since a Sept. 23 game against UW-Milwaukee.

"We paid for being careless in our first four games," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Since then, we've shown that we can tighten up and rise to the challenge."

Guzinski's goal came on a free kick from 20 yards out that was perfectly placed into the top right corner.

"Alex is a very good ball striker. It was a great shot," Tompkins said. "He also did a tremendous defensive job against a very athletic group of Army forwards."

Geiger made his best save of the night when he dove to his right to stop a Chase Hunter shot from eight yards out midway through the second half. Hunter was dangerous throughout the game, firing a game-high seven shots towards Geiger.

Yale had a couple of good opportunities to add an insurance goal in the second half but couldn't capitalize. Early in the half, Brad Rose dribbled through traffic in front but had his shot stuffed by Army goalkeeper John Michael Gallogly.

With 12 minutes left, Justin Song stole a clearing attempt and fed Kevin Pope, whose shot from the right wing was just wide.

Tompkins shook up his starting lineup a bit, inserting freshmen Sebastian Serra, Andy Shorten and Dale Peterson.

"Our intention was to be crisper and more fluid with our passing. I thought we passed the ball better in the first half," Tompkins said. "Army's pressure was much better in the second half, but we still did a good job creating chances. Sebastian Serra was outstanding."

Army (6-4-1) held a 17-14 edge in shots, but the Yale defense did a good job limiting the Black Knights' serious scoring threats.

The Bulldogs continue their four-game homestand on Saturday when they host Cornell at 7 p.m.

"It was nice to get our first win at home," Tompkins said. "Hopefully we can build on it."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity