Yale Earns Tie With 11th-Ranked Brown
Nov. 8, 2003
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale outshot 11th-ranked Brown 15-2 but had to settle for a 1-1 tie in a key Ivy League game before a raucous crowd at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Bears clinched the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with the tie, and can win the league title outright with a victory next Saturday vs. Dartmouth. Yale must win at Princeton next Saturday and hope Brown falls to Dartmouth to earn a share of the Ivy title.
"We had a lot of possession and dominated the game, but we couldn't find that crucial goal," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Brown needed a tie and they did what they had to do. They defended like crazy."
The Bears (9-3-2, 5-0-1 Ivy) played the last 85 minutes of the game down a man after Andrew Daniels was assessed a red card at the 25 minute mark. Brown opened the scoring at 9:29 when Adom Crew scored his team leading ninth goal of the season. Yale (9-6-1, 4-1-1 Ivy) tied it when Jay Alberts scored on a penalty kick at 23:33. The Bulldogs were awarded the kick after a Brown player was called for a hand ball in the box.
Matt Aleksinas made one save in goal for the Bulldogs, while Christopher Gomez stopped seven shots for the Bears. Yale outshot Brown 13-0 in the second half and overtimes.
The Bulldogs, who are 8-3-1 in their last 12 games, remain a contender for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
"We're still alive and kicking," Tompkins said. "This result doesn't hurt as far as an NCAA Tournament berth is concerned. We need a good result next week."