Big First Half Leads Yale Past Columbia

Nov. 1, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's soccer team has struggled to score goals for much of the season so when Columbia took an early 1-0 lead on Saturday at Reese Stadium, it looked like the Bulldogs might be in for a long afternoon. It sure didn't turn out that way. Yale scored three times before the end of the first half and cruised to a 4-2 victory over the Lions.

"They shocked us a bit with their first goal, but our response was excellent," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I thought we showed a lot of character."

Aden Farina-Henry started the onslaught for the Bulldogs when he settled a long feed from Jordan Raybould and fired a shot into the right corner at 27:56. Less than two minutes later, Yale struck again. Kevin Pope sent a ball through the box. Farina-Henry had a chance to get off a shot but missed. The ball came to Andy Hackbarth. He took a quick dribble and beat Columbia goalkeeper Alex Aurrichio with a shot from 15 yards out.

Sam Post scored his first career goal at 38:25 to give Yale a 3-1 lead. Liam Leonard set it up by sending a ball to Post, who was just outside the box. Post's shot went through a lot of traffic in front and just inside the far post.

The Lions (3-11-1, 1-4 Ivy) got back within one goal in the final minute of the first half when Pepe Carotenuto scored off a free kick from just outside the box.

The Bulldogs, though, regained their two-goal lead midway through the second half. Pope dribbled down the near side and fired a shot into the lower left corner.

"Getting that fourth goal was really important," Tompkins said.

Columbia applied some pressure in the final minutes but was unable to capitalize.

"Columbia was a handful up front, but I thought we dealt with that really well," Tompkins said. "I'm happy we were able to get a decisive Ivy win."

Columbia finished with a 15-13 edge in shots, but the Bulldogs (6-7-2, 2-3 Ivy) had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Travis Chulick made three saves to earn the victory in goal. His best save came midway through the first half when he dove to stop a Felipe Castrillon shot.

The Bulldogs are back in action next Saturday when they play at defending Ivy League champion Brown. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

Video by David Dikranian

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