Oct. 2, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It appears the Yale men's soccer team is ready for the start of Ivy League play. The Bulldogs have lost only once in their last five games and have allowed only one goal in their last four. They'll find out for sure when they travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard (3-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Fans can follow Live Stats of the game from gocrimson.com.
Yale (4-3-1) is undefeated (2-0) on the road this season and is coming off a 1-0 overtime victory at Army on Tuesday night. Eric Meyer scored the only goal of the game 1 minute, 5 seconds into the second extra period. Meyer, who missed two games with an injury, leads the team in goals with three and shares the team lead in points with Liam Leonard. Both have seven.
One of the biggest questions for Yale entering the season was who would replace All-Ivy goalkeeper Erik Geiger. Travis Chulick has stepped into the role without missing a beat. He has played every minute of every game with a 0.84 goals against average and an .837 save percentage.
Harvard, who lost in the first round of the NCAA College Cup last fall, fell to Boston University 5-1 on Tuesday. Michael Fucito (5 goals, 11 points) and Andre Akpan (3 goals, 7 points) lead the team in scoring. Both are former Ivy League Rookies of the Year. Joseph Alexander has seen most of the action in goal and has a 1.81 goals against average.
Harvard has won the last two meetings between the teams, including a 4-0 decision last November at Reese Stadium. Fucito had two goals to lead the Crimson.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity