First Place In Ivy League On Line When Yale Visits Penn

Henry Albrecht  (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Henry Albrecht (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Bulldogs Travel To Philly Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team travels to Philadelphia to face Penn on Saturday. Kickoff at Rhodes Field is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Here are storylines for the game:

• Yale is on the road for the first time in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs should be well prepared. They played in a number of hostile environments during the non-conference portion of the schedule, including at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, two of the most difficult places to play in all of college soccer.

• Yale (3-8-1, 2-0-1 Ivy) and Penn (5-6-1, 2-0-1) are tied with Princeton for first place in the Ivy League. All three teams have seven points, one more than Harvard (2-1-0).

• The 2-0-1 Ivy League start is the Bulldogs' best since the 1991 team won its first three league games.

• The Bulldogs have allowed more than one goal only once in their last six games. Yale has two shutouts in that span, a 1-0 victory over Dartmouth and a scoreless tie with Cornell last Saturday.

• Goalkeeper Blake Brown is fourth in the Ivy League with a 1.18 goals against average. Brown has not allowed a goal in his last 216:54 of action dating back to the Harvard game on Oct. 5.

• Penn is the highest scoring team in the Ivy League. The Quakers have scored 20 goals in 12 games (1.67 per game).

• Penn has yet to allow a goal in Ivy play. The Quakers blanked Cornell (1-0) and Dartmouth (3-0) and played a scoreless tie with Columbia.

• Duke Lacroix is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week. He had a hand (two goals, one assist) in all three Penn goals in the 3-0 win over Dartmouth. He has a career-best six goals on the season and is second in the league in points with 14.

• Yale and Penn have played close games recently at Rhodes Field. The last five games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. Yale is 2-2-1 over that stretch, including a 2-1 double overtime victory in its last game there in 2011. Overall, the series is tied at 44 wins apiece and there have been eight ties.

Video of the game will be available from the Ivy League Digital Sports Network. Fans can also follow live stats of the action.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity