Oct. 24, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It was a night of milestones on Tuesday at Reese Stadium. Alex Afsahi scored his first career goal, goalkeeper Travis Chulick earned his first victory and head coach Brian Tompkins won his 100th game at Yale as the Bulldogs blanked Albany 1-0 in the final non-league game of the season.
Afsahi scored the only goal of the game at 61:23 when he headed Alex Munns' corner kick into the left corner.
"It was exciting for Alex," Tompkins said. "He has been a pleasant surprise this year. He's earned the opportunity to play and it was nice to see him take advantage of it."
Chulick, who entered the game at the start of the second half, played a key role in making Afsahi's goal stand up. Nearly a minute after the goal, Chulick got just enough of Don Johnson's hard shot to deflect it over the crossbar.
Chulick, who finished with six saves, came up big again in the 77th minute when he dove to his right to stop a Joe Hogan shot.
Dwayne Whylly played the first half in goal for the Bulldogs (5-9-1) and made two saves. It was Yale's second shutout of the season.
"It was nice for us to work hard and get a win," Tompkins said. "Our intent was to play quickly and move the ball. I was happy that we were rewarded for our hard work."
Neither team had many quality chances in the first half, but the play picked up after the intermission. Albany's Yan Gbolo had a great opportunity early in the second half. He took a cross from Johnson, but fired a shot high from right in front.
Yale nearly added an insurance goal late in the game off a counterattack, but a Munns shot went just wide. The Great Danes (7-9-2) then came down the field and had a chance to tie, but Johnson's hard shot from 20 yards out was high.
Tompkins, who is in his 11th year at Yale, is only the fourth men's soccer coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau.
"I've always tried to make personal milestones secondary to the team's accomplishments," Tompkins said. "I just want to be at 102 wins at the end of the season."
The Bulldogs have two games remaining, Saturday against Columbia at 4:30 p.m. at Reese Stadium and Nov. 3 at Brown at 8 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity
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