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No. 16 Big Red Pose Big Threat To Stingy Yale Defense

Nick Alers (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nick Alers (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Teams Meet Saturday In Ithaca

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale defense has been pretty stingy all season, particularly in the first two Ivy League games. The Bulldogs have yielded just one goal in their first two league games and only nine goals in 11 games overall.

That defense will face by far its biggest challenge of the season when Yale travels to Cornell on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Big Red, ranked 16th in the nation, has scored 32 goals in its 11 games, all victories. Daniel Haber has done most of the damage with 15 goals, the second most in all of Division I soccer.

There's a pretty good chance Yale's Nick Alers will spend time marking Haber. Alers, a first team All-Ivy selection last year, has drawn difficult assignments in the past and fared well. Last year, he marked Ivy League Player of the Year Lucky Mkosana of Dartmouth and held him scoreless, limiting him to only two shots.

It will take a complete effort, though, to shut down the Big Red, who have scored at least three goals in six straight games, including Ivy wins over Penn and Harvard. In fact, Cornell (11-0, 2-0 Ivy) has outscored its opponents 32-9 on the season.

The trip to Ithaca concludes an Ivy opening three-game road stretch for the Bulldogs, who played a scoreless tie at Harvard and dropped a 1-0 decision at Dartmouth.

Yale (3-5-3, 0-1-1 Ivy) plays three of its last four Ivy games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium, starting Oct. 20 against Penn.

Yale at Cornell – Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity