Even one goal would not have been enough.
Boston College scored twice in the second half to beat the No. 16 Yale men’s soccer team, 2-0, Tuesday in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The loss snapped Yale’s five-game win streak. The Bulldogs won all five games by finals scores of 1-0.
“It was a difficult game,” head coach Brian Tompkins said. “Boston College did a good job of pressuring us and not allowing us to possess the ball. They forced us to make some mistakes.”
Yale (6-4-0, 2-0-0 Ivy) was clearly outplayed in the first half, but emerged unscathed as the game remained scoreless at the break.
“We’ve struggled this season in the first half,” Tompkins said. “We have to be solid from the start.”
Despite coming out stronger in the second half, the Bulldogs were unable to hold off the Eagles (6-5-2).
At 70:04, Otkay Kilic stole the ball from the defense and beat goalkeeper Matt Aleksinas ’06 to put Boston College up, 1-0. It was the first goal Aleksinas allowed in nearly 550 minutes, dating back to the first half of the Creighton game on Sept. 21.
The Eagles extended their lead 13 minutes later on Neil Krause’s eighth goal of the season.
“We played better in the second half, but we had a few lapses in the back that ended up costing us the game,” Tompkins said.
Yale hurt itself in the front as well. It generated several scoring chances, but was unable to produce a goal.
The Bulldogs have struggled offensively throughout the season, even when they are winning. On the year, Yale has outscored its opponents 8-7 — a particularly close margin for a team with six wins.
Yale returns to action when it hosts Cornell (4-3-1, 1-0-1) Saturday at Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Big Red, like the Bulldogs, are undefeated in Ivy League play.
Last year, Yale defeated Cornell, 2-0.
“They’re a good team,” midfielder Ryan Raybould ’05 said. “They’re going to be up to the challenge and will be out for some revenge. We have to be ready for them.”
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