October 22, 2009

First Ivy Road Game Takes Yale To Penn

Bulldogs And Quakers Kickoff At 7:30 p.m. Saturday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's soccer team has done its fair share of traveling so far this season. It just hasn't been for an Ivy League game yet. That changes on Saturday when the Bulldogs head to Philadelphia to meet Penn. Kickoff at Rhodes Field is slated for 7:30 p.m. following the Yale-Penn women's soccer game, which starts at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs (4-6-3, 1-2 Ivy) are coming off a solid performance against sixth-ranked UConn on Tuesday night. Yale outshot the Huskies and played them evenly for much of the game. Head coach Brian Tompkins hopes the lessons learned will carry over to the four remaining Ivy games.

The Bulldogs continue to be dangerous on free kicks. Three of their four goals in last Saturday's win over Cornell and many of their good scoring opportunities against UConn came after opponent fouls. The tandem of Brad Rose and Scott Armbrust lead the offense. Rose tops the team in points (12) and assists (4), while Armbrust has a team-high five goals.

Penn (4-6-3, 0-2-1 Ivy) also features a dynamic duo. Christian Barreiro and Alex Takakuwa have combined to score 12 of the Quakers' 19 goals on the season. Ben Berg has seen a majority of the time in goal and has a 1.49 goals against average.  Penn is coming off a 3-1 home loss to 20th-ranked Dartmouth last Saturday.

The last eight Yale-Penn games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. Last year in New Haven, the Quakers scored the winning goal with just 1:55 left in the second half to escape with a 2-1 victory. Andy Hackbarth scored his first career goal for the Bulldogs. The overall series between the two teams is tied at 42-42 and there have been eight ties.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity