Yale Enters Weekend Tied With Dartmouth In Second Place
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team proved it could win in a hostile environment last weekend at Penn. The Bulldogs will try for a second straight Ivy League road victory when they travel to Columbia on Saturday. Kickoff at Columbia's Soccer Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.
Yale (7-5-2, 3-1 Ivy) enters the weekend tied for second place with Dartmouth. Both the Bulldogs and Big Green trail Cornell by one point.
The victory at Penn wasn't easy. Charlie Paris scored 4 minutes, 37 seconds into the second overtime period to give Yale a 2-1 win. Chris Dennen scored the first goal for the Bulldogs and also assisted on the game-winner. Yale continues to feature a balanced offensive attack. Peter Jacobson leads the team with five goals, while Paris, Jenner Fox and Brad Rose each have three.
Defensively, Yale has allowed just three goals in the four league games. Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman remains atop the league in save percentage (.857) and saves (78).
Three of Columbia's four Ivy games have been decided by one goal. The Lions' biggest win was a 2-1 double-overtime decision against Brown. Will Stamatis scored the winner. He leads the team with five goals, four of which have been game-winners. Alexander Aurrichio has seen a majority of the action in goal and has a 1.45 goals against average.
Yale has won the last four times it visited Columbia. The two teams played a scoreless tie in New Haven last year. Thalman made six saves, while Aurrichio stopped three shots to post the shutouts.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity