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Bulldogs Earn Impressive Road Victory

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

Blank Cornell 3-0

The progress a young Yale soccer team has made this fall already is quite apparent. The Bulldogs, though, made their biggest statement yet on Sunday when they got second-half goals from Henry Flugstad-Clarke, Justin Lobe and Ollie Iselin en route to a dominating 3-0 victory over Cornell at Berman Field.

"This is a fantastic win for the program. We truly earned this result today and took the program another step forward towards our goals," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We are the only [Ivy] team that has to start off with three conference road matches so to be able to get through this tough stretch at 1-1-1 is very positive."

Yale is very much in the race for the Ivy League title at the midway point after the impressive road victory, sitting just three points behind league leaders Columbia, Harvard and Dartmouth.

The Bulldogs play three of their final four Ivy games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium.

After a scoreless first 45 minutes, Yale seized control by scoring three times in the first eight minutes of the second half. Flugstad-Clarke got it started when he flicked home a long free kick from Nicky Downs at 46:30.

Just over two minutes later, Lobe, a freshman, tallied his first career goal when he fired a shot past Cornell goalkeeper Ryan Shellows from the top of the box.

Iselin then completed the onslaught by finishing a nifty cross from John Leisman. Lucas Kirby also assisted on the goal.

From there, Yale's defense took over, limiting the Big Red to just one shot in the second half.

"We scored some great goals today, and I'm always very, very happy about a shutout," Stannard said. "We were also able to rotate some guys and so this was a true team effort, and I'm very happy for them."

Goalkeeper Kees Schipper made three saves to post the shutout, Yale's second of the season.

The victory was the first on the road for the Bulldogs since a 2-0 win over Central Connecticut in 2013 and the first away from home in league play since 2011, a 2-1 victory at Princeton.

"We absolutely earned this result from start to finish today, and I told the guys that they earned this result from the hard work, trust and positivity that we have had from the start of the season," Stannard said. "This was the start of the second half of our season in terms of games played so we should be very confident about our progress and use that to improve even further.

Yale has a non-league road game at nationally ranked Michigan State on Wednesday before hosting Penn next Saturday at 7 p.m. on Alumni Night.

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