Lions Score In First Half
On a rainy Sunday in New York, it was quite apparent that the first goal in the Yale-Columbia game was going to be extra important. The Lions got it midway through the first half and it was enough to lift them to a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium.
Yale, despite being shorthanded, didn't go down without a fight. The Bulldogs outshot Columbia 4-1 in the second half but couldn't get the equalizer.
"This was a tough game against a very good Columbia team, and the weather made it difficult for both teams, but I'm happy with our effort, mentality and the overall performance," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Additionally, we had three starters out with illness and injury at the last minute, and I'm really happy with how the next group of guys stepped up for the challenge."
The only goal of the game came from Beto Carillo at 33:45. Blake Willis started the play with a long cross. John Denis brought it down and fed Carillo, who scored his first goal of the season.
The Bulldogs had the better of the play for much of the second half, but Columbia goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira was sharp.
"I thought we limited Columbia's attack very well and put an enormous amount of pressure on them in the second half," Stannard said. "We had a couple really good looks but their keeper did well not to leave rebounds."
After allowing four goals last week at Penn, Yale's defense limited the Lions to only seven shots.
"After a very uncharacteristic performance last weekend, it's always really important to get a good response, and our guys definitely did that today," Stannard said. "We still have a lot of very young players and the more they can learn from these games will really benefit us for the future."
The Bulldogs won't have much time to recover. They play at UConn on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
"We will try to heal quickly for a quick turnaround," Stannard said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity