Solid Effort From Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale did an outstanding job containing a highly skilled UConn offense, holding the Huskies to one goal and limiting them to only 10 shots.
UConn, though, has a pretty stingy defense as well and one goal was enough to allow the 13th-ranked Huskies to escape Reese Stadium with a victory on a gorgeous night before a big crowd.
Abdou Thiam scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half. It was his team-leading ninth of the season. Alex Sanchez set up it up with some nifty dribbling along the end line before sending a short cross to Thiam, who one-timed it in at 27:42.
"I'm very proud of our effort against a very good UConn team," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "That team is good enough to make a Final Four, and we competed with them very well. We limited their chances and our team executed the tactics very well overall and our work rate was exceptional."
UConn (10-3) has won seven straight games, outscoring its opponents 16-2 during the streak. The last five of those wins have come by shutout.
The Bulldogs (1-5-2) didn't have too many scoring chances, but the ones they did have were high quality.
In fact, the first good opportunity of the game came when Lucas Kirby split the UConn defense and fired a hard shot that goalkeeper Scott Levene had to dive to his right to deflect about 17 minutes in.
Early in the second half, a loose ball in the box found its way to Ryan Matteo, who quickly drilled it toward goal, but the shot was blocked.
A few minutes later, Kyle Kenagy got his head on a cross in traffic in the box, but it went just wide.
"Once we settled into the game, we found some good moments of possession, but we need to get more out of our possession and be more dangerous when we have the ball," Stannard said.
The Huskies, who were coming off a 5-0 win over Cincinnati on Saturday, finished with a 10-3 edge in shots.
Yale returns to Ivy League play on Sunday, travelling to Cornell. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
"This game will only make us better, and we should absolutely gain some confidence from how we competed against a top 20 program," Stannard said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity