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Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker At Lafayette In OT

Mark Winhoffer (Steve Musco photo)
Mark Winhoffer (Steve Musco photo)

Winhoffer Scores First Career Goal

It looked like Mark Winhoffer's first career goal was going to be a game-winner for the Yale men's soccer team on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were less than two minutes away from an impressive road victory with Winhoffer as one of the heroes. Instead, Lafayette tied the score with 1:35 left in the second half and tallied the game-winner with 34 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to escape with a 2-1 win.

"We knew we were in for a scrappy battle tonight with Lafayette. They are better than their record and have competed for 90 minutes in every game," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Credit to them for their fight.  However, there is no excuse for us not finding a way to close the game out and go home with a hard fought 1-0 win. We did a pretty good job of limiting Lafayette to only being dangerous on restarts so their goals were definitely against the run of play, but in the end, we ran out of gas and didn't get it done."

After a scoreless and pretty even first half, Yale got on the board first when Winhoffer one-timed a nifty cross from Kyle Kenagy into the back of the net from right in front.

Lafayette applied some pressure the rest of regulation, but it seemed Winhoffer's goal might hold up. Martin Ssessanga, though, tallied the equalizer at 88:25 when he tapped in an Evan Vare cross.

Vare then scored the game-winner at 99:26.

The Bulldogs, who have been dealing with some injuries of late, were coming off a very hard-fought 2-2 tie with Dartmouth on Saturday on an unusually hot and humid afternoon.

"We are pretty banged up right now and have four starters that didn't even make the trip," Stannard said. "We really need to rest, recover and get ready for Cornell."

Yale hosts the Big Red on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium.

"This is another tough lesson for us," Stannard said, "but I know our guys will respond positively this weekend."


Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity