Opportunistic Penn Tops Yale

John Leisman (Don Clark photo)
John Leisman (Don Clark photo)

Bulldogs Outshoot Quakers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Penn sure made the most of its scoring opportunities against Yale. The Quakers scored on their first two shots en route to a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs on a chilly and windy Alumni Night at Reese Stadium.

Penn finished with only six shots, compared to 11 for the Bulldogs.

"I have to give credit to Penn as they were very good on the night and were clinical with their chances," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We created just as many, if not more chances, but they made the plays and we didn't.  This game usually comes down to who makes the plays inside the 18s and Penn was excellent tonight."

The Bulldogs had the first good opportunity, but Kyle Kenagy's header deflected off the crossbar just two minutes in.

Less than three minutes later, Dami Omitaomu got the Quakers on the board when he deflected in a Erumuse Momoh cross at 5:03.

Penn's second shot came at 29:06, and it was deadly accurate. Gideon Metrikin settled a Joe Swenson cross and fired it into the net from 25 yards out.

The Bulldogs finished the first half with a 7-4 edge in shots but were down two.

"I thought we started off great and hit the crossbar in the first three minutes. If that goes in, this is 100 percent a different game altogether," Stannard said. "Both their first-half goals were against the run of play which is very frustrating, and we didn't do a good job of responding after that."

Alec Neumann scored his eighth goal of the season at 65:00, but Yale kept on applying pressure for the remainder of the game.

"What I'm still very happy with is how we finished the game," Stannard said. "Some teams would quit, and we kept fighting to get a goal so I'm proud of that fight.  We regroup now and focus on preparing for the next game."

As part of the alumni festivities, two of the most successful teams in school history were honored prior to kickoff. In 1956, just the second year of official Ivy League competition, the Bulldogs finished with a 5-0-1 record to win Yale's first Ivy title.

There were a number of members of the 1986 team in attendance, including Steve Griggs, the head coach of that team that posted a 5-0-2 record in league play to win the second Ivy Championship in school history. Yale then fell to Harvard on penalty kicks in the NCAA Tournament.

"I want to thank all of the alumni that made the trip to New Haven this weekend, and it was great to honor the 1956 and 1986 Ivy League Championship teams," Stannard said. "It was special to have many of them here, and I wish we could have given them a better performance tonight."

The Bulldogs also raised money for the Yale chapter of Camp Kesem at the game. Camp Kesem is a national network of free, week-long summer camps for children affected by a parent's cancer. The Yale chapter is completely organized, planned and fundraised by Yale students. Yale goalkeeper Ryan Simpson has spearheaded the team's effort.

There is still time to donate by visiting https://donate.kesem.org/events/friends-camp-kesem-at-yale-university-fy-2017/e91825 

Yale returns to action on Tuesday at Hartford. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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