November 5, 2005

No. 25 Bulldogs Top 18th-Ranked Brown 2-1

Nov. 5, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Liam Leonard's goal late in the first half snapped a 1-1 tie and helped 25th-ranked Yale to a 2-1 victory over No. 18 Brown at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Bulldogs, 4-1-1 in Ivy play, have 13 points, two behind the Bears, who suffered their first league loss. Dartmouth, who plays Cornell on Sunday, has 12 points.

"This win puts us in a position where we are still in the Ivy race," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "It was a spirited and exciting game."

The Bulldogs (9-3-4 overall) took an early 1-0 lead when Ryan Morrissey slipped a Jordan Reiger cross past Brown goalkeeper David Semenza at 7:33.

Brown's Andrew Daniels tied the score nearly 10 minutes later. He settled a pass from Brian Joyce and fired a shot into the top corner from 10 yards out.

Leonard's game-winner came on a breakaway after he got a through-ball from Alex Guzinski.

"We finished our chances when we had them," Tompkins said. "We adapted well to what the game demanded. Brown put us to the ultimate test, and we had to work incredibly hard. The early goal really helped us."

Yale outshot the Bears 12-7. Semenza finished with three saves for the Bears (10-4-1). Erik Geiger played all 90 minutes in goal for the Bulldogs but was not forced to make a save.

The Bears entered the game unbeaten in their last eight games.

Seniors Morrissey, Matt Aleksinas, Shannon Brooks, Stephen Cockrell and Jon Skalecki were all making their final regular season appearance at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.

The Ivy League season concludes next Saturday when Yale plays at Princeton, while Dartmouth and Brown meet in Providence.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity