Stewart's OT Goal Lifts Yale Past Columbia

Stewart's OT Goal Lifts Yale Past Columbia

Oct. 28, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's seniors made their last game at Reese Stadium memorable. James Stewart tapped in a beautiful cross from Josh Block just 2 minutes, 43 seconds into overtime as the Bulldogs topped Columbia 4-3 on a windy afternoon. Stewart and Block weren't the only seniors to contribute. Nick Franchot scored his first goal of the season and Alex Munns added an assist as Yale won its second straight game.

"It's nice that we were able to find a way to win," Stewart said. "It's a great reward for the large group of seniors."

Block set up the winning goal. He dribbled down the right wing and lofted a long cross to Stewart, who was all alone in front.

"I was so close, I better put that in," Stewart said.

Franchot opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he settled a Jon Carlos cross and fired a shot from the left side of the box past Columbia goalkeeper Michael Testa.

The Lions (7-7-2, 0-4-2 Ivy) tied it less than five minutes later when Tom Davison beat Yale goalkeeper Dwayne Whylly to a Drew Ford pass and slid a shot under Whylly.

Yale (6-9-1, 2-4 Ivy) regained the lead late in the first half. Carlos took a pass from Munns in the box. His first shot was blocked, but the ball deflected right back to him and he knocked it in at 40:47.

Columbia again had an immediate answer as James Pounder scored with just 37 seconds left in the first half.

The Lions took their first lead of the game in the 59th minute. A Yale defender was called for an inadvertent hand ball in the box, resulting in a penalty kick, which Tom Smith drilled into the top left corner.

Carlos' second goal of the game with just 1:42 left in the second half forced the overtime. His shot from inside the box on the right wing deflected off a Columbia defender and trickled in.

"We lost our way a bit in the second half, but Jon scored a tremendous goal and that really gave us a lift," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "For the fans it was a really exciting game, but for us it was an emotional rollercoaster."

Whylly finished with five saves for the Bulldogs. Yale outshot the Lions 21-19.

Seniors Stewart, Block, Franchot, Munns, Evan Stone, Jordan Rieger, Gage Hills and Jake Miller were all honored in a pre-game ceremony.

The Bulldogs close out the season next Friday at Brown at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live by the Fox Soccer Channel.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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