New Haven, Conn. - Sophomore Lucky Mkosana (Bulwayo, Zimbabwe) scored two goals including the overtime winner to send #17 Dartmouth past Yale, 2-1 this evening.
The Big Green improves to 7-2-1 overall and 2-0 in Ivy League play while the Bulldogs drop to 3-5-2, 0-2 Ivy after losing in overtime to Harvard last weekend.
Dartmouth had the upperhand during the first overtime period and was poised to take the win. After four attempts in the first nine and a half minutes, Mkosana broke through with the winner in the 100th minute. Senior defender Pumi Maqubela (Andover, Mass.) played a long ball up for Mkosana, who beat his defender to the spot and beat Yale keeper Travis Chulick one-on-one.
The Big Green started off the game solid on offense, putting three shots on goal for Chulick to save and a fourth that was blocked all in the first 25 minutes. Junior Austin Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) had two early attempts saved as Dartmouth pressured Yale.
Despite the Dartmouth surge, it was Yale who struck first in the 31st minute. Rookie keeper Sean Donovan (Burr Ridge, Ill.) made a save against Andy Shorten at 29:45 but the Bulldogs maintained possession and regrouped, scoring just over 30 seconds later. Brad Rose made a move to get past Donovan and passed the ball off to Scott Armbrust who scored easily on the open goal.
Yale kept at it, nearly getting a second one a minute later, but Donovan made a diving stop to his right. The Bulldogs had a shot blocked and one hit the crossbar as they maintained momentum for the rest of the half, keeping the Big Green without a shot in the last 20 minutes to maintain the 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs picked up where they left off in the second, holding possession early, but Mkosana was poised to tie it up once he got a chance. After missing high in the 59th minute, he made good in the 63rd, scoring from 15 yards out off a feed from junior Daniel Keat (Wellington, New Zealand) to knot it at 1-1.
The teams duked it out for the remainder of regulation but Dartmouth had a few good chances to win it including a shot just high from Bowers in the 86th and an Mkosana attempt saved by Chulick in the 88th.
At the end of regulation, the squads had taken nine shots apiece, but Dartmouth had earned six corners to Yale's five.
It was all Green in overtime, with Dartmouth peppering the Bulldogs with five shots in the first and only 10 minute stanza needed. Yale defended furiously but never got a shot off in the period. Mkosana and Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Twp., Mich.) each had attempts blocked by the defense and Chulick made a save against Bowers in the 96th. Mkosana finally made good in the 100th minute with just 26 seconds to play before double overtime to ice the win.
The Big Green finished with a 14-9 shot advantage. Chulick made five saves in goal while Donovan made two.
Dartmouth next heads south to fellow defending Ivy Co-Champion Penn for a Saturday night showdown ay 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.