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Munns Leads Bulldogs Past Cornell 2-0

Munns Leads Bulldogs Past Cornell 2-0

Oct. 16, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Alex Munns scored twice and Erik Geiger made three saves in goal to post his second shutout of the season as Yale blanked Cornell 2-0 on a windy afternoon at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Bulldogs improve to 6-2-3 overall with the win and are 2-1 in Ivy League play.

Munns' first goal came at the 69:11 mark when he dribbled around two defenders and fired a hard shot into the lower left corner.

"It was a terrific individual effort by Alex," Yale head coach Brian Tompkins said. "We needed something special, and he came up with it."

Cornell (3-5-2, 2-1 Ivy) had a couple of good opportunities to tie. Dana Flanders' header from the left side went just wide with 11 minutes left, and Tom Marks was all alone on the left wing but his shot from 10 yards out was high a few minutes later.

Munns added an insurance goal on a penalty kick with just 24 seconds remaining. Yale was awarded the kick when Tyler Guse was pulled down in the box.

Munns leads the Bulldogs with six goals and 14 points.

The game was a defensive struggle in the first half as the two teams combined for only three shots. The Bulldogs had two of the shots and both narrowly missed resulting in goals. Alex Guzinski's direct kick deflected off the outside of the post midway through the first half, and Munns hit the left post with a hard shot from the left wing nearly five minutes later.

Yale outshot Cornell 12-9 in the game. Steve Lesser finished with four saves for the Big Red.

"We made the best of some difficult conditions. Both teams handled the wind well," Tompkins said. "In the second half we played well. This is an important win for us. It keeps us in the Ivy League race."

The Bulldogs are back in action next Saturday when they play at Penn at 5 p.m. The Quakers (8-3, 2-1 Ivy) beat Dartmouth 1-0 on Saturday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity