Strong First Half For Yale
DURHAM, N.H. – There may not be a more under-the-radar team in all of the nation than New Hampshire. Yale will certainly vouch for the Wildcats.
UNH scored three second-half goals en route to a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs on a chilly, early fall evening at Bremner Field.
The Wildcats have won four straight games by a combined score of 11-0 and are 8-1 overall.
Yale (1-3-1) played a very strong first half, outshooting UNH 6-1. In fact, the Bulldogs had the first five shots of the game but couldn't capitalize.
New Hampshire then seized control early in the second half. Jack Dickson tallied first at 47:13 with a shot into the lower left corner of the net.
A little over two minutes later, the Wildcats struck again when Chris Arling one-timed a Dickson pass into the net from six yards out.
Arling's second goal of the game capped the scoring at 57:20. This time, he headed in an Alex Valencia free kick.
"First of all, that's a very good New Hampshire team we played, and they will deservedly be ranked in the top 20/25 this week," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs said. "That said, we dictated the first half completely and were the better team, but we failed to capitalize on our chances. The first 45 minutes were the best we have played all year and we had the game where we wanted.
"Unfortunately, this is a 90-minute game, and we didn't bring the level of focus and mentality that is required at this level to start the second half. We constantly talk about not allowing teams to get confident or excited about something and we gave them something to get excited about early. However, instead of refocusing, we allowed ourselves to put our heads down, which led to the second goal. This is not the winning mentality we talk about, and we will learn and be better."
The Bulldogs begin Ivy League play next Saturday at Harvard. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.
"We should gain a lot of confidence from how we performed the first half and we will absolutely improve from our lack of focus in the second half," Stannard said. "All this is great preparation for the Ivy League, and we will get back to work and refocus for Harvard."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity