Seven Seniors To Be Honored Prior To Kickoff
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team wraps up the home portion of the 2013 schedule by hosting Brown on Saturday. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.
Here are storylines for the game:
• One of the big storylines is Yale will recognize its seven seniors prior to kickoff. Nick Alers, Scott Armbrust, Jenner Fox, Peter Jacobson, Tucker Kocher, Max McKiernan and Cody Wilkins have shined both on and off the field during their time at Yale.
Alers has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of his first three seasons at Yale. This season he has played every minute of every game and helped anchor the defense. In addition he was selected as a Senior Class Award candidate. As a junior, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition despite being limited to 10 games because of injury. In his sophomore year, he was an NSCAA Northeast Region third team and All-Ivy first team selection. Alers also has shined in the classroom. Last year, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team.
Armbrust has scored 10 goals in 60 games during his time at Yale. This year, he scored the game-winning goal in the victory over Central Connecticut. Last year he tied for team lead with three goals and seven points and started a career-high 14 games. That was a successful return after he missed the 2011 season with an injury. In 2010, he started 13 games, and as a rookie in 2009, he tied for fifth in the Ivy League with six goals.
Fox has been a regular in the Yale lineup throughout his career. This year he has started 13 games and tallied an assist in the win over Sacred Heart. As a junior, he tied for the team lead with three assists, two of which came in a big Ivy League win over Penn. As a sophomore, he was third on the team with 10 points and four assists, and in his rookie season, he appeared in 16 games.
Jacobson has been one of Yale's top scoring threats over the last four years. This year, he scored three goals against Sacred Heart to record the first hat trick by a Bulldog since 2004. In his career, he has 16 goals. As a junior he tied for the team lead with three goals and seven points. In his sophomore year, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after tying for fourth in the league in goals. As a freshman, he played in 16 games and scored two goals.
Kocher has been unable to play the last two seasons because of an injury but has still been a valuable member of the team. In his first two years, he started 22 games. His first career point was an assist against UConn in 2010, and he also tallied an assist against Marist in his sophomore year.
McKiernan, the team captain, has provided the Bulldogs with outstanding leadership. He is a two-time All-Ivy selection. This season, he is one of only two players to start all 15 games and has helped anchor the midfield. As a junior, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after starting 16 games. He also was honorable mention selection following his sophomore season when he was one only four players to start all 17 games. In 2010, he was the only freshman to appear in all 17 games.
Wilkins has worked hard to return for his senior season after missing all of last year with an injury. This year he has appeared in 14 games and scored against UC Santa Barbara. He also tallied an assist against Columbia. As a freshman in 2010, he appeared in 12 games and scored his first career goal against Lehigh.
• The other story line is the Bulldogs remain in the hunt for the Ivy title with two weekends remaining. Yale is tied for fourth place with Brown. Both have eight points, but are only four behind first-place Harvard. Penn and Princeton each have 10 points.
• Brown (6-6-3, 2-1-2 Ivy) has won three straight games, including a 2-1 overtime victory over Penn last Saturday that kept the Bears in the Ivy title race.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity