Yale vs. Denver
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Seth Goldberg's game-winning golden goal in
overtime ended the Pioneers five game winning streak and put 18th
ranked Yale over No. 15 Denver, 10-9, this afternoon at the Yale's
Soccer-Lacrosse stadium. The Bulldogs improve to 7-2, while the
Pioneers drop to 6-3.



Goldberg led all scorers with four goals while seniors Matt Brown
(Burnaby, B.C.) and Scott Davidson (Guilford, Conn.), and sophomore
Ryan Zordani (Littleton, Colo.) each tallied two goals for the
Pioneers. Denver controlled most of the play and held a 35-27 shots
advantage and 50-28 groundballs differential, but it was not enough
as the Bulldogs scored three goals in the fourth period to send the
game into overtime.



"It was a good game", said head coach Jamie Munro. "I am proud of the
way the guys stuck together and rallied behind Jeb (Hollingsworth).
We did many good things, but I guess it just wasn't our day. We need
to regroup and look towards tomorrow's game against an always very
talented Virginia team."



The Pioneers ended the first half ahead by one goal, 4-3. Yale's Dan
Brillman scored first just 11 seconds into the game, but Denver
replied with a goal from Zordani off a feed from Brown to tie the
game up at one apiece early in the first. The Bulldogs were up by one
with another goal from Brillman with just over five minutes to play
in the first period, however, the Pioneers ended the period ontop,
3-2 with goals from Brown and Davidson within six seconds of each
other. In the second period both the Denver and Yale traded a goal
which left the Pioneers ahead by one (4-3) heading into the third
period.



Yale scored the first two goals in the third period to hold a one
goal advantage for most of the period. Freshman Michael Goltra
(Williams, N.C.) tied the game up for the Pioneers at five apiece
with just under five minutes remaining in the third and Davidson put
Denver ahead by one 20 seconds later on an unassisted goal. But Yale
wouldn't back down as Goldberg tied it up for the Bulldogs with 3:21
remaining in the third. Denver ended the period ahead by two (8-6) in
just over a minute with a man-up goal from junior Adam Swain (West
Simsbury, Conn.) off a feed from senior Darren Sasaki-Scanlon
(Norwalk, Conn.) and an unassisted goal from Zordani.



The Bulldogs rallied in the fourth period and scored three
consecutive goals to give the one goal advantage back to Yale (9-8)
with 11:10 left in the game, but senior Greer Hanlon (Libertyville,
Ill.) scored what would end up to be the game-tying goal with 8:04
left. As the clock dwindled down, neither the Pioneers nor the
Bulldogs could find the back of the net to end the game in regulation
and it was forced into "golden goal" overtime where one minute and 20
seconds later, Brillman would connect with Goldberg to put the ball
past sophomore netminder Jeb Hollingsworth (Darien, Conn.) and end
the game with Yale on top, 10-9.