Oct. 9, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Expect goals to be hard to come by when the Yale and Dartmouth men's soccer teams meet on Saturday. Both the Bulldogs and Big Green have allowed only eight goals in nine games this season. Kickoff at Burnham Field is slated for 4:30 p.m. and fans can follow Live Stats of the game at dartmouthsports.com. Pay-per-view video also is available.
Hanover, N.H., has not been a friendly place for Yale, which hasn't beaten Dartmouth there since 1992. Four of the last five games between the teams at Burnham Field have gone to overtime, and the Big Green won three, while the other ended in a 2-2 tie.
The Bulldogs (4-4-1, 0-1 Ivy) are coming off a hard-fought 1-0 loss at Harvard last Saturday and are in the midst of playing their first three Ivy games on the road.
"Ivy road games are never easy, but we feel that we learned some valuable lessons last weekend," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We are looking for a more complete performance in Hanover. Dartmouth has always been a very good defensive team and has added more offense this year so we will have to be very sharp at both ends of the field."
Dartmouth (5-3-1, 0-0-1 Ivy) opened Ivy play with a 1-1 tie against Princeton. The Big Green received votes in this week's NSCAA national poll and has the most impressive win of the season by an Ivy team, a 4-0 victory over then No. 3 Indiana on Sept. 7. Freshman Lucky Mkosana leads the team in goals (5) and points (11), while Sean Milligan has started all nine games in goal and has a 0.87 goals against average.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity