Bulldogs Seek To Extend Unbeaten Streak To Five
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team closes out the season by hosting Princeton on Saturday at 3 p.m. Yale's five seniors will be honored prior to kickoff. The Bulldogs (4-7-5, 1-2-3 Ivy) will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.
Saturday will be the final home game for seniors Andy Hackbarth, Frank Shaw, Bobby Thalman, Milan Tica and Tony Wilbar. The five have made outstanding contributions to the Yale Soccer program over the last four years.
Hackbarth has earned All-Ivy recognition three times. This year he has worked hard to overcome an injury that forced him to miss all of last season. He has started 11 games and helped anchor a Yale defense that has yielded only one goal per game.
Shaw has appeared in 31 games in his career and has been a valuable midfielder. This season he played in five games, including starting against Lehigh. Last fall as a junior, he appeared in a career-high 16 games.
Tica has been a mainstay on the Yale defense since the day he arrived in New Haven. In his career he has started 58 of the 59 games he has played in, including 15 starts this season.
Thalman, the team captain, has been Yale's starting goalkeeper for the last three years and has established himself as one of the best in the Ivy League. Last Saturday, he made 11 saves as Yale earned a 1-1 tie with No. 11 Brown. That performance earned him the Ivy League Player of the Week Award. He leads the league in saves and is second in save percentage and shutouts. Last year, he earned second team All-Ivy recognition.
Wilbar has enjoyed an outstanding senior season. He has appeared in a career-high 16 games, including starting nine, and has played an important role on the Yale midfield and defense.
Princeton is 7-6-2 overall and 3-1-2 in Ivy League play. Freshman Thomas Sanner leads all Princeton scorers with four goals and six assists for 14 points. Goalkeeper Seth MacMillan has a 0.85 goals against average and a .775 save percentage.
Princeton at Yale – Saturday, 3 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity