Hills Scores Winning Goal As Yale Blanks Hartford 1-0

Hills Scores Winning Goal As Yale Blanks Hartford 1-0

Oct. 26, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Gage Hills scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as Yale topped Hartford 1-0 in a non-league game at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Bulldogs, who received votes in this week's NSCAA top-25 poll, are unbeaten in their last three games. Matt Aleksinas and Dwayne Whylly combined to make two saves in goal to post the shutout, Yale's fourth of the season.

After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs got on the board in the 70th minute when Hills headed in a nifty cross from freshman Jon Carlos.

"Jon did an excellent job of creating space, and Gage got in a great spot," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "It was a worthy game-winning goal."

The Bulldogs (7-2-4) controlled play in the second half, outshooting the Hawks 13-3, and had a couple of opportunities to add an insurance goal. Hartford goalkeeper Ryan Carr made a pair of great saves late in the second half. He made a diving stop of a Ryan Morrissey blast and then stuffed Alex Munns on the rebound.

"It was a difficult in-state game," Tompkins said. "Hartford came in well prepared to absorb pressure. We did a better job in the second half of creating scoring chances."

Carr finished with six saves for Hartford (5-8-2).

The Hawks' best scoring opportunity came with 17:30 left in the first half, but Aleksinas made a diving save on Andrew Peterson's shot from the right wing.

"We handled their counter-attack well," Tompkins said. "I'm pleased to come out with a shutout."

The Bulldogs return to Ivy League play on Saturday when they play at Columbia at 2:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett