Ivy League Plays Kicks Off Saturday At Harvard
First Of Three Straight Ivy Road Games
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team showed it can succeed on the road with recent victories at Quinnipiac and Marist. That trend will need to continue for the Bulldogs to have a strong start to the Ivy League season. Yale plays its first three Ivy games away from the friendly confines of Reese Stadium, starting Saturday at Harvard. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
There are a lot of similarities between Yale and Harvard. Both are coming off games against teams ranked in the top-five. The Bulldogs (3-4-3) fell to No. 2 UConn 2-0 on Tuesday night at Reese Stadium, while Harvard (1-5-1) dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 3 UC Santa Barbara last Sunday in California.
One difference comes in goal. Yale has relied almost exclusively on Bobby Thalman, who is second in the league in saves (41) and save percentage (.837). Harvard, on the other hand, has split the goalkeeping duties between Joe Festa (1.86 GAA) and Evan Mendez (1.92).
The last four Yale-Harvard games have ended 1-0. Last year in New Haven, Chris Dennen '12 scored the only goal early in the first half to lift the Bulldogs to their first victory over the Crimson since 2005.
Harvard at Yale – Saturday, 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity