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Bulldogs Roll In Opener, Blank Niagara 1-0

The Bulldogs celebrate Kyle Kenagy's goal (Steve Musco photo)
The Bulldogs celebrate Kyle Kenagy's goal (Steve Musco photo)

Kenagy Scores In First Half

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. The Bulldogs thoroughly dominated Niagara in a much more lopsided than the final score indicates 1-0 victory at the Quinnipiac Soccer Stadium.

Yale outshot the Purple Eagles 19-3 and had a big edge in possession.

"I'm really happy for the guys because I think it's a very deserved result," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Coral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We started the game very focused and executed the game plan very well overall. We dominated the midfield and controlled the game."

Kyle Kenagy scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half. The play started with a scramble in front of the goal. The ball was cleared out to Ryan Matteo, who fired a hard shot from 30 years that banged off the post. The rebound, though, came right to Kenagy, who tapped it in.

The Bulldogs had numerous chances to add an insurance goal, but Niagara goalkeeper Steve Casey was outstanding. He finished with eight saves, many of them high quality.

"Credit to Niagara for making an adjustment at halftime and making things more difficult in the midfield," Stannard said. "The game opened up, and their goalkeeper made a couple of excellent saves to keep them in the game."

Miguel Yuste, Matteo, Nicky Downs, Aldo Quevedo and first-year Logan Sullivan all had multiple shots.

The Purple Eagles, meanwhile, struggled to generate much offense.

Yale goalkeeper Tom Wallenstein was forced to make only one save to post the shutout.

"I was really impressed with how determined our guys were to close the game out and get the shutout and win," Stannard said. "Any time it's a one goal game at the end, things can get tense, but those are really good learning moments."

Sullivan was one of three first years to see time for the Bulldogs, joining Enzo Okpoye and Paolo Carroll.

Robert Mooney, a senior who joined the team this fall after winning a national championship with the men's lacrosse team last spring, also came off the bench and contributed.

The game was played at Quinnipiac while the turf at Reese Stadium is being replaced. The Bulldogs will return there to host Fairfield on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

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