October 1, 2011

Yale Hosts Harvard In Ivy Opener On Alumni Day

Bulldogs, Crimson Meet Saturday At 7 p.m.

Harvard at Yale, Saturday – 7 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – If the last two games are any indication, it would appear the Yale men's soccer team is ready for the start of Ivy League play. Yale cruised to a 3-1 win over Rhode Island last Sunday and went toe-to-toe with No. 1 ranked UConn on Tuesday night before suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 loss when the Huskies scored with a minute left in the second overtime. The Bulldogs will find out for sure when Harvard comes to town. Kickoff on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.

Yale (4-4-1) has enjoyed a very balanced attack in the pre-Ivy portion of the schedule. Thirteen different players have at least one point. Peter Jacobson, who scored twice in the win over Rhode Island, leads the team with four goals. Brad Rose and Jenner Fox each have three goals.

Defensively, the Bulldogs have yielded only nine goals. Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman, who was sharp on Tuesday against UConn, has a 0.97 goals against average and an .845 save percentage.

Harvard (2-5-1) has had a busy week. Harvard travelled to California last weekend, losing to Stanford 1-0 and playing a scoreless tie with Santa Clara, and then dropped a 2-1 decision to Boston University on Wednesday. Brian Rogers has scored two of Harvard's three goals. Goalkeeper Austin Harms has started five games. He has a 0.79 goals against average and .789 save percentage.

Last year in Cambridge, Harvard edged the Bulldogs 1-0. Scott Prozeller scored the only goal of the game in the first half. Yale had a 7-3 edge in shots in the second half but couldn't get the equalizer.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity