Nov. 12, 2005
PRINCETON, N.J. - Gage Hills scored the only goal of the game in the 60th minute as Yale edged Princeton 1-0 at Lourie Love Field. The win, coupled with the 2-2 tie between Dartmouth and Brown earlier on Saturday, earns the Bulldogs a share of the Ivy League title.
"It's a thrilling moment for the players and the program," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I'm so proud of this group. Today's game showed their toughness. It wasn't a work of art, but we got the job done."
Yale, Dartmouth and Brown all finish 5-1-1 in league play. The Big Green earns the Ivy's automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup by virtue of head-to-head-to-head record. Dartmouth is 1-0-1 against Yale and Brown, while the Bulldogs are 1-1 and the Bears 0-1-1.
It is the first Ivy title for Yale since 1991. The Bulldogs will now hope to receive an at-large bid the NCAA College Cup. The pairings are announced on Monday.
Tompkins knew the result of the Dartmouth-Brown game before the start, but elected not to inform the team. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, he told the players on the bench, setting off a wild celebration.
"We knew in order to have any chance of reaching our goal, we had to win," said defender Jake Miller."
After a scoreless first half, Hills got the Bulldogs on the board at 59:22. Jordan Rieger sent a long pass to Alex Munns, who dribbled down the near sideline before sending a cross to Hills, who deflected it past Princeton goalkeeper Bobby Guelich.
"That was a goal worthy of winning an Ivy championship," Tompkins said.
"Jordan played me a beautiful ball, right on my foot behind the defense," Munns said. "I saw Gage coming down the middle, and I knew if I put it anywhere near him, he would put it in."
Princeton's Neil Chaudhuri received his second yellow card of the game with 6:37 left in the first half, so the Tigers were forced to play the rest of the way with 10 players.
The Bulldogs outshot Princeton 12-6. Erik Geiger made three saves to earn the shutout, his fourth of the season and Yale's sixth.
Guelich made four saves for the Tigers (6-8-3, 3-3-1 Ivy).
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity