Bulldogs Needs Points To Remain League Race
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team plays an important Ivy League game Saturday at Columbia. Kickoff at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.
Here are storylines for the game:
• Yale (4-9-1, 2-1-1 Ivy) enters tied with Princeton for third place in the Ivy League. Both teams have seven points, three less than league leader Penn and two fewer than Harvard. The Bulldogs, though, beat Harvard back on Oct. 5. Columbia (7-4-2, 1-1-2) sits two points behind Yale.
• The Bulldogs' first four Ivy games have shown just how competitive the league is this season. Yale needed two goals in the final minute to edge Harvard 2-1. Two others were decided in overtime – 1-0 win over Dartmouth and 3-2 loss at Penn. The Bulldogs also played a scoreless, double overtime tie with Cornell.
• Columbia's league games have been nearly as close. The Lions tied Penn and Brown, beat Dartmouth 2-0 and suffered a 2-1 loss at Princeton when the Tigers scored with less than four minutes remaining in the second half.
• Four of Yale's last five goals have been scored by underclassmen. Freshman Cameron Kirdzik has two of them, while freshman Henry Albrecht and sophomore Keith Bond have one apiece. Albrecht also has assisted on two of the last five goals.
• The Bulldogs are coming off one of their most impressive performances of the season, a 2-0 victory at Central Connecticut on Tuesday. Yale outshot the Blue Devils 17-3 and has now had the edge in shots in nine of 14 games.
• Columbia is second in the Ivy League with 20 goals. Will Stamatis leads the way with five.
• Kyle Jackson has started all 13 games in goal for the Lions and has a 1.07 goals against average.
• No video for the game, but fans can follow live stats.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity