September 30, 2010

Bulldogs Open Ivy League Play At Harvard

First Of Three Straight Road Games To Open Ivy Slate

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team has been making steady progress in recent games. The Bulldogs nearly pulled off a big upset on Tuesday before dropping a heartbreaking overtime decision to No. 18 St. John's. The biggest difficulty for Yale has been finishing chances in the attacking area. A perfect time to break out would be Saturday against Harvard in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Kickoff at Harvard's Ohiri Field is slated for 1:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs (1-7-1) went toe-to-toe with St. John's, the defending Big East Tournament champions.  The winning goal was an own goal early in the first 10-minute overtime period. Andy Hackbarth and Andy Shorten share the team lead with two goals apiece. Both of Hackbarth's goals have come on penalty kicks. Defensively, Yale has yielded just three goals in its last four games.  

Harvard (2-3-3) hasn't won since a 3-2 victory over Massachusetts on Sept. 6. The Crimson's most impressive win was 2-1 over then 13th-ranked Stanford to open the season. Brian Rogers has scored three of the Crimson's eight goals. Goalkeeper Austin Harms has started seven games and has a 1.34 goals against average. Carl Junot is in his first year at the helm of the Harvard program.

The Crimson edged the Bulldogs 1-0 in overtime last year at Reese Stadium. The start of the game was delayed for nearly two hours because of persistent thunder storms in New Haven and the first half was played in torrential rain. Rogers scored the winning goal early in the second extra period. Harvard leads the all-time series 50-39-12.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity