Last year, it was Boston College taking down Yale on the road. This season, the roles reversed.
Yale men’s soccer, coming in with a three-game losing streak, defeated BC 2-1 in an upset victory in Newton, Mass. on Tuesday night. After being down 1-0 at the end of the first half, the Elis amped up the defense and snapped a 256-minute goal-less streak to produce a 2-1 comeback win.
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“I thought we came out with a lot of energy in the first half,” head coach Brian Tompkins said. “We were a little unfortunate to be down a goal at halftime. Our guys really did a good job of keeping their focus in the second half and continuing to fight their way back into the game.”
BC’s Mor Avi Hanan scored 21:40 into the game, giving the Eagles an initial lead going into the second half.
During the second frame, the Elis pressured on the BC defense with eight shots on goal, leading to increased scoring chances.
Defender Milan Tica ’13 scored Yale’s first goal of the night just over 7o minutes into the contest. Tica’s goal was a header off of a corner kick from midfielder Jon Carlos ’10.
“It feels great [to win] because we were down 1-0 at halftime, but we never gave up,” Tica said. “I think our intensity and the way we clicked in terms of moving the ball and controlling the position were remarkable. We had that mindset from the start of the game.”
Forward Aden Farina-Henry ’11 got the game-winning goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation on assists from Andy Shorten ’11 and Charlie Neil ’12. Precise passing and excellent communication led to the crucial goal.
“We moved the ball well,” captain and midfielder Jordan Raybould ’10 said. “Charlie hit to Andy, Andy got the ball to Aden and Aden put it away.”
“I give all the praise to Andy,” Farina-Henry added. “It was really simple for me.”
Goalie Travis Chulick ’10 had four saves for the game.
The Bulldogs could have easily panicked after going down 1-0 early on the road against an Atlantic Coast Conference team, but patience and level-headedness prevailed in Tuesday night’s victory — even as the Eagles did not let up offensively and got 19 shots on goal.
“Even though we were down 1-0, no one panicked or really got worried,” Raybould said. “We were having a pretty good game at that point [of BC’s goal].”
Teamwork, rather than individual play, was also huge in last night’s success.
“I think the most noticeable thing about our improved play recently has been our team play,” Tompkins said. “Our commitment to defending and our ability to attack have really been group efforts. It really hasn’t been about individuals, and I think that’s why we are doing better.”
The Elis next take the pitch Oct. 10 when they challenge Dartmouth at Reese Stadium. The team hopes last night’s triumph will give it some momentum going into the league matchup against the Big Green.
“To win on the road at an ACC school isn’t easy to do,” Tompkins said. “I’m hoping this win will give our guys some confidence for the difficult games ahead.”