Ivy League Play Begins With Visit From Harvard

Tyler Detorie (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Tyler Detorie (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Bulldogs, Crimson Meet Saturday At 7 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team opens Ivy League play when Harvard comes to town on Saturday. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 7 p.m., following the Yale-Harvard women's game, which is set for a 4 p.m. start.

Here are storylines for the game:

• If recent history holds, expect a low-scoring game. In the last five games between the teams, there have been a total of four goals scored. Last year's game ended in a scoreless tie, and the previous three were 1-0 decisions.

• There weren't any goals in last year's game, but it wasn't because of lack of opportunities. The teams combined for 34 shots.

Peter Jacobson is tied for second in the Ivy League with nine points. He is third in goals with four.

• Freshman Cameron Kirdzik continues to emerge as an offensive threat for Yale. He had three shots in last Saturday's game with Quinnipiac and is second on the team with two goals.

• Senior Nick Alers is the anchor of Yale's defense. Alers has played every minute of every game for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Tyler Detorie also has been a mainstay. He has started all seven games and has played 588 of a possible 639 minutes.

• The Crimson (1-5-2) is coming off a 1-0 loss to Saint Francis, N.Y., last Sunday.

• Harvard's six goals have come from six different players.

• Goalies Brett Conrad and Evan Mendez have been sharing time in net as of late, rotating halves for the past two contests. Conrad has collected 31 saves on the season, while Mendez holds the edge with a 0.50 goals-against average. 

• Pieter Lehrer is in his first season as the head coach at Harvard. He previously served as the associate head coach at Cal.

• Yale All-Access Video coverage will be available for the game. Fans can also follow live stats.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity