Lions Score Early In Second Half
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There weren't many high-quality scoring chances Saturday at Reese Stadium. Columbia, though, capitalized on one and it was enough for the Lions to escape with an important 1-0 Ivy League win over Yale.
"Credit to Columbia for finding a way to get a result tonight," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "That's a sign of a good team. I thought we did just about everything we wanted defensively to stifle some good attacking players, but they made a play on a corner kick, which I think is the first we have conceded from a corner this year."
Nike Azuma sent the corner into the box. After a few deflections, it found its way to Kynan Rocks, who banged it in from right in front at 47:53.
Yale had the better of the play the rest of the way but couldn't find the equalizer.
"Neither team was very dangerous in the attack on the night, but we came alive some in the second half and finally started putting them under some pressure and were very unlucky not to get a goal in the last 10 minutes," Stannard said. "Columbia did well to dig in and block shots and get clearances when we were throwing everything at them. Sometimes you need a ball to bounce the right way and unfortunately we didn't have the right bounces tonight."
One of Yale's best opportunities came with less than three minutes to play when Ryan Matteo's header was cleared off the line by a Columbia defender.
Columbia held only a 9-7 advantage in shots.
The Lions (10-3-1, 3-1-1 Ivy) are three points behind Ivy leader Harvard. The two teams meet next Saturday in Cambridge.
The Bulldogs play their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday when they host Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m.
"This is a proud group, and I expect us to bounce back with a positive attitude after a solid performance," Stannard said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity