Defending Ivy Champion Dartmouth Knocks Off Yale

Justin Lobe (Steve Musco photo)
Justin Lobe (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs Fire Six Shots At Goal

It's taken the two-time defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth men's soccer team a little while to find its way this fall. The Big Green, though, seem to be hitting stride as the heart of Ivy play gets under way. Dartmouth turned its second straight very strong performance, knocking off Yale 2-0 at Burnham Field.

The Big Green was coming off an impressive 1-0 win over a very good New Hampshire team on Wednesday night.

Yale, though, didn't make it easy for Dartmouth, who got a goal in each half.

"Dartmouth is a good team and there is a reason why they were No. 14 in the RPI rankings going into this game. They're especially sharp at home and came out fast," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "I thought we defended really well and settled into the game after we made a tactical adjustment. We were close to getting into halftime at 0-0, but they scored an upper corner shot with a couple minutes left."

It was Matt Danilack who tallied that first goal on a terrific shot from the top of the box at 41:32.

Matt Greer made it 2-0 midway through the second half with a low shot into the left corner from 10 yards out at 61:36.

The Bulldogs applied some good pressure the rest of the way but couldn't get one past Dartmouth goalkeeper James Hickok, who finished with four saves.

"I thought we regrouped very well at halftime and limited Dartmouth's chances," Stannard said. "We started to improve in our possession a little before they scored their second, which was actually against the run of play at the time.  After the second goal, we increased our pressure and started doing much better in possession and were the more dangerous team the rest of the game. I think we were very unlucky not to get a goal which would have really made things interesting."

Cameron Riach and Nicky Downs both had shots for the Bulldogs over the final minutes.

The Big Green (3-2-5, 1-0-1 Ivy) finished with a 10-6 edge in shots.

After playing their last three games on the road, Yale (1-4-2, 0-1-1 Ivy) returns home on Tuesday to host UConn. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

"I told the guys after the game that I'm very happy about their fight until the end, and there is no reason to put our heads down," Stannard said. "We have a lot of games left and are excited to get back home to Reese Stadium on Tuesday."

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity