Bulldogs Seek Better Than .500 Finish Both Overall And In Ivy Play
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2011 season has already been a success for the Yale men's soccer team. The Bulldogs have more than doubled their win total from a year ago both overall and in Ivy League play and were in the Ivy title race until last Saturday's heartbreaking overtime loss to Brown.
Still, Yale would like to put an exclamation point on the season with a victory in the regular season finale at Princeton on Saturday. It would give the Bulldogs a winning record both overall and in Ivy play. Kickoff at Roberts Stadium is slated for 3 p.m.
Yale (7-7-2, 3-3 Ivy) has improved dramatically in virtually every area this season. The Bulldogs have scored 22 goals on the season, which have come from 10 different players. Peter Jacobson leads the way with five. Brad Rose, Jenner Fox and Charlie Paris each have three.
Defensively, Yale has yielded only 15 goals in 16 games. Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman is third in the league with a 0.91 goals against average and has a league most 86 saves and a league best .851 save percentage.
Princeton (5-9-2, 1-4-1 Ivy) had a three-game unbeaten streak snapped at Penn last Saturday in a 2-1 loss. Matt Sanner and Antoine Hoppenot both sit atop the scoring column with 14 points. Sanner's 14 points come from seven goals, while Hoppenot has a team-best six assists and four goals. Freshman Cameron Porter is inching close to the pair with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Princeton has used two goalkeepers this season, with sophomore Seth MacMillan getting the nod the last three games. He has a 1.26 goals against average and a .647 save percentage.
The Tigers edged Yale 2-1 last year in New Haven. The Bulldogs have won three of the last four meetings in New Jersey.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity