NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale executed its set pieces to near perfection Saturday against Dartmouth, and as a result, the Bulldogs have their longest winning streak in 64 years.
Mark Winhoffer scored and added an assist as Yale earned a 3-1 victory over the Big Green on another gorgeous afternoon at Reese Stadium.
The Bulldogs (7-0-2, 2-0 Ivy) are unbeaten through nine games and have won seven straight games for the first time since 1955.
It didn’t take long for Yale to seize control. Just 58 seconds into the game, Sigfus Arnason sent a hard free kick from 25 yards out that deflected off a Dartmouth defender and in. It was scored an own goal, and it gave the Bulldogs a very early 1-0 lead.
Yale also struck early in the second half, again on a free kick. Winhoffer sent this one into the box, and Enzo Okpoye headed it past Dartmouth goalkeeper Alex Budnik at 49:09. It was Okpoye’s third straight game with a goal.
The final goal was a little less conventional. It came when Winhoffer curved a corner kick directly into the goal at 53:53 and gave Yale a commanding 3-0 lead.
Dartmouth (4-5-1, 1-1 Ivy) scored at 57:30 and had consistent pressure in the final minutes.
“It’s great to see the goals from set pieces, and we talk about those being plays that can win games,” said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. “I thought we relaxed too much after the third goal and still need to be better in controlling possession in our attacking half. We also have to get back to getting shutouts. We will enjoy the win but make sure that we keep improving.”
Goalkeeper Elian Haddock was strong and finished with six saves.
It was Yale’s first victory over Dartmouth since 2013.
“Like Harvard, this is an especially big win since we haven’t beaten Dartmouth for a few years,” Stannard said. “I think we were deserving of the win, but I don’t think either team was at their best today. However, it’s a great sign that we can get such a big win while not playing our best.”
Yale is at UMass on Tuesday. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.