Nov. 3, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Alex Munns made sure his last game in a Yale uniform was special. Munns, a senior, scored the only goal of the game when he headed in a Max Rhodes cross with just 1:38 left in the first half as the Bulldogs ended their season with an impressive 1-0 victory over Brown before a crowd of 802 at Stevenson Field and a national television audience on the Fox Soccer Channel.
"Coach Tompkins had been telling me all game to stay in the middle, and once I started listening to him, it paid off." Munns said. "Max [Rhodes] put the ball right on my head. He made a great run and really did the hard part."
Yale (7-9-1, 3-4 Ivy) finished the season on a three-game winning streak.
"You always want to finish with positive momentum," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We had a come-from-behind victory last week and a tough win on the road tonight. I think it restores the belief in our ability."
Goalkeeper Erik Geiger made five saves, including back-to-back stops off a Brown corner kick with 12 minutes left, to post the shutout. Yale also got stellar play from defenders Jake Miller, Jordan Rieger and Jordan Raybould.
Neither team had too many quality scoring chances in the first half until Munns finally broke through in the 44th minute.
"We played very well in the first half and got a high-quality goal," Tompkins said. "They put a lot of pressure on us in the second half, but I was pleased with our ability to bend and not break. It's a nice going away present for the seniors."
Yale nearly added an insurance goal midway through the second half. Munns got behind the defense and fired a hard shot that was inches wide of the left post.
Brown's best scoring chance came with 26 minutes left in the second half, but a Rhett Bernstein header off a corner kick went just wide.
The Bears (10-4-3, 3-2-2 Ivy) had a 7-3 edge in corner kicks, but the Bulldogs outshot Brown 12-10.
Jarrett Leach made four saves in goal for the Bears.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity