Thalman Named Ivy League Player of the Week

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Bobby Thalman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Made 15 Saves In Two Games, Shut Out Harvard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team started Ivy League play in impressive fashion, blanking Harvard 1-0 on Saturday. One of the players who had a key role in that victory has been honored by the Ivy League. Junior goalkeeper Bobby Thalman, who made eight saves to post the shutout, was named the league's Player of the Week.

Three of Thalman's saves were of the acrobatic variety. Shortly after the Bulldogs had taken the lead, he dove to his left to rob Harvard's Zack Wolfenzon, who fired a hard shot that appeared to be headed to the corner. In the second half, Thalman was under intense pressure, as the Crimson peppered him with 11 shots. His best stop of the second 45 minutes came late when he made another diving stop to deny Connor McCarthy.

Earlier in the week, Thalman was outstanding as the Bulldogs came within a minute of playing a scoreless tie with No. 1 UConn. The Huskies scored with 1:01 left in the second overtime. Thalman made seven saves in the game, including four in overtime.

Thalman, who has started all 10 games, leads the Ivy League in saves (57) and save percentage (.864).

The Bulldogs (5-4-1, 1-0 Ivy) return to Reese Stadium on Saturday, hosting Dartmouth at 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity