Yale Looking For First 3-0 Ivy Start Since 1991
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team hosts defending Ivy League champion Cornell on Saturday. Kickoff on Youth Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the Yale women, who host Cornell at 6:30 p.m.
Here are storylines for the game:
• Yale has had a flair for the dramatic in its first two Ivy League games. The Bulldogs scored twice in the final 2:15 of the second half to knock off Harvard 2-1 in the opener two weeks ago and then got a goal from freshman Cameron Kirdzik late in the second overtime period to defeat Dartmouth 1-0 last Saturday.
• The Bulldogs (3-7, 2-0 Ivy) enter the weekend in first place in the Ivy League with six points. Penn (1-0-1) and Princeton (1-0-1) both have four points. The Ivy League awards three points for a win and one for a tie.
• Yale is seeking its first 3-0 Ivy League start since 1991. That team went on to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Virginia.
• Kirdzik became the latest Bulldog to be recognized by the Ivy League when he was selected as the Rookie of the Week on Monday. Peter Jacobson was the Sept. 16 Player of the Week and Henos Musie was named the co-Player of the Week and the Rookie of the Week on Oct. 7.
• The Bulldogs have outshot their last three opponents and have had the edge in shots in seven of their 10 games. Yale's shots have been evenly distributed. The Bulldogs have a 61-40 edge in shots in the first half of games and a 61-45 advantage in the second half.
• Jacobson remains tied for second in the league with four goals.
• Yale leads the all-time series with Cornell 41-25-14, but the Big Red has won the last two meetings.
• Cornell won the league with a 6-1 record last year. The Big Red then lost to Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Cornell (6-3-3, 0-2 Ivy) began the year ranked in the national top-25 but is winless in its last four games. Goals have been hard to come by for the Big Red, which has scored only twice in its last six games.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity