October 30, 2010

Ivy League Stretch Run Begins At Home Against Columbia

Bulldogs Seek Second Straight Win

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team played perhaps its most impressive game of the season on Wednesday night against Lehigh. The Bulldogs hope to build on that when Columbia visits Reese Stadium for an Ivy League contest on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m.

It was a night of firsts for Yale in the 1-0 win over Lehigh. Freshman Cody Wilkins scored his first career goal and goalkeeper Matt Chesky earned the first shutout of his tenure. The Bulldogs' defense limited Lehigh to nine shots on goal and very few high-quality scoring chances. Wilkins' goal came when he headed in a perfect cross from Charlie Neil.

Columbia (5-7-1, 1-3 Ivy) also is coming off a strong performance, a 2-1 victory over Dartmouth last Saturday. Freshman Henning Sauerbier scored the game-winning goal for the Lions and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. Sauerbier leads the team in goals (4) and points (10). Alexander Aurrichio has started 12 games in goal and has a 1.52 goals against average.

Last year in New York, the Bulldogs edged the Lions 2-1. Brad Rose scored both goals for Yale. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Columbia 31-23-5.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity