October 13, 2007

Meyer's First Goal Helps Yale Earn 1-1 Tie With Cornell

Oct. 13, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Eric Meyer made his first career a goal a big one. It came less than four minutes after Cornell had scored and helped Yale earn a 1-1 tie on a cool night at Reese Stadium. Erik Geiger made six saves in goal as the Bulldogs extended their unbeaten streak to five.

"Our guys gave a fantastic effort," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I thought we played better in the first half. Cornell put a lot of pressure on us in the second half, but in the overtime we got our shape back."

The Bulldogs (2-4-3, 0-0-2 Ivy) had the better of the play in the first half and had a number of good scoring chances. In the 12th minute, Brad Rose broke through the defense along the right side and fired a shot that went just wide of the right post. Nearly 10 minutes later, Rose set up Kevin Pope near the goal line, but his header went wide.

Cornell (5-5-1, 0-1-1 Ivy) opened the scoring at 72:49. Will Wolfson lofted a cross to Matt Bouraee, whose header deflected off the crossbar and into the net.

Andy Shorten set up Meyer's goal just 3:45 later when he sent a long cross to the left wing. Meyer controlled it and fired a shot that got by goalkeeper Luca Cerretani, deflected off a Cornell defender and went into the net. The assist was Shorten's first career point.

"We showed a lot of character in scrapping to get a goal," Tompkins said.

Both teams had opportunities in the final minutes of the second overtime. Geiger knocked down Brian Kuritzsky's shot and the rebound came right to Brett Sumpio, but his shot went just wide.

Yale then came down the field and Shorten got off a hard, left-footed shot that missed the net.

The Big Red had the last chance just before time expired. Bouraee dribbled down the right side and fired a shot that went wide.

Cornell outshot the Bulldogs 20-13, including 5-2 in the 20 minutes of overtime. Cerretani made one save for the Big Red.

The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday night when they host Central Connecticut at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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