1999 NCAA Tournament Team To Be Honored At Halftime
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - At halftime of Saturday' men's soccer game with Harvard, Yale will honor the 1999 team which upset defending NCAA champion Indiana in its season opener and topped Big East regular season champion Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2009 Bulldogs are looking to create memories of their own, and a victory over the eighth-ranked Crimson would be a big step in the right direction. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.
Saturday's game will be the Ivy League opener for both Yale and Harvard. A young Bulldog squad has gained valuable experience in their first seven games. Freshman Scott Armbrust leads the team in goals (4) and points (8). Ten other players have at least one point. Goalkeeper Travis Chulick has started six games and has a 1.31 goals against average.
The recognition of the 1999 team will be a part of the Alumni Day celebration. The Bulldogs won a school-record 13 games that year and at one point in the season were ranked 10th in the nation.
"The 1999 team was a blend of seasoned veterans and exciting youngsters who played with great skill and enthusiasm," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins, who was in his fourth season that year. "The wins against Indiana at the Brown tournament and the NCAA win at Rutgers are two highlights of what was one of the most exciting seasons in my career. Even though they did not win the Ivy League, they proved to be the most successful team in Yale history and set a high standard for subsequent Bulldog teams to follow. They thoroughly deserve their recognition on this 10th anniversary of that tremendous season."
The Crimson (6-1) has outscored its opponents 16-3. Andre Akpan, who was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, leads Harvard in goals (6), assists (4) and points (16). Goalkeeper Austin Harms was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. Harms posted a shutout against New Hampshire and then yielded only one goal in the Crimson's 1-0 loss to third-ranked Wake Forest.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity