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Bulldogs Drop Season Finale 4-0 To Princeton

Andy Hackbarth (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Andy Hackbarth (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

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PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale men's soccer team didn't have an answer for Princeton's Antoine Hoppenot on Friday night at Roberts Stadium. Hoppenot scored the first three goals of the game to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 victory over the Bulldogs before a crowd of 803 and a national television audience on the Fox Soccer Channel.

Hoppenot got Princeton (9-5-3, 4-2-1 Ivy) on the board at 13:32 when he took a great cross from Matt Sanner and fired a shot into the right side of the net. On his second goal at 34:16, he didn't need any help after taking the ball at midfield, breaking in alone and blasting a shot into the left side of the goal.

Any hopes of a Yale comeback were thwarted when Hoppenot scored early in the second half to make it 3-0. This one came off the rebound of a Sanner shot that hit the crossbar. Tim Sedwitz then capped the scoring with a goal at 87:34.

"We had difficulty possessing the ball," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Princeton was very opportunistic in capitalizing on our mistakes and that was the story of the game."

The Tigers, who could still earn a share of the Ivy title with some favorable results this weekend, are unbeaten in their last seven games and were 14th in the latest Division I RPI released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

Princeton outshot Yale 17-8, but the Bulldogs had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Yale ends its season with a 5-9-3 overall record and a 2-5 Ivy mark.

"This will give us plenty of incentive to work hard over the winter and in the spring to get better for next year," Tompkins said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity