First Home Ivy Game Of Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Ivy League season is nearing the halfway point, and the Yale men's soccer team still hasn't played an Ivy home game. That will change on Saturday when Penn comes to town. Kickoff on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 3 p.m.
It's been a frustrating few weeks for the Bulldogs, who have been playing well in most aspects of the game but have struggled to score. Yale (3-7-3, 0-2-1) stayed with No. 16 Cornell for much of last Saturday's game before the Big Red scored three times late and then dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Lehigh in the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday.
Peter Jacobson, Jenner Fox and Scott Armbrust all share the team lead with three points (1 goal, 1 assist). Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman leads the Ivy League with 58 saves and is second with an .829 save percentage and five shutouts.
The Bulldogs beat the Quakers 2-1 in overtime last year in Philadelphia. Charlie Paris '12 scored the game-winning goal 4 minutes, 37 seconds into the second extra period.
Penn (2-10) has lost four straight games, including a 3-1 decision at Dartmouth last Saturday.
With 23 goals in 12 games, the Quakers feature a potent offense, which is led by Travis Cantrell, who has scored six times. Duke Lacroix and Stephen Baker each have five goals. Max Kurtzman has seen a majority of the time in the Penn goal and has a 2.44 goals against average.
Penn at Yale – Saturday, 3 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity