Nov. 16, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs (4-7-5, 2-2-2 Ivy) close out the 2007 season by playing arch-rival Harvard on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Reese Stadium. Prior to the start of the game, Yale's four seniors - James Craig, Erik Geiger, Matt Perille and Dwayne Whylly - will be recognized for their contributions to Yale Soccer. During their careers, they have helped lead the Bulldogs to nearly 30 victories and the 2005 Ivy League championship.
Craig has helped anchor a Bulldog defense that has allowed only 18 goals this season. He made his first career start against Boston College and tallied his first career assist in a 2-2 tie with Central Connecticut.
Perille joined the team in the spring of 2005 and impressed head coach Brian Tompkins with his hard work. He has provided Yale with depth on defense.
Whylly was the winning goalkeeper in Yale's 2-0 victory over Princeton last Sunday. He traveled to Haiti in October with the Bahamas under-23 national team in October. As a junior he made three saves in the Bulldogs' win over 17th-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson, and as a freshman he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after posting a shutout against Penn.
Geiger, the team captain, has been Yale's starting goalkeeper for the last three years. This season, he is in the top four in the Ivy League in goals against average (1.10), saves (67) and shutouts (3). His top performance came against sixth-ranked Boston College when he made a career-high 12 saves in a scoreless tie. For his efforts, he was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. In his sophomore year, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after posting shutouts of league foes Cornell, Columbia and Princeton.
The Crimson (11-3-2, 4-2 Ivy) is ranked 15th in this week's NSCAA national poll and should receive strong consideration for an at-large bid to the NCAA College Cup. Brown has already clinched the Ivy's automatic bid. Harvard has outscored its opponents 37-19. Andre Akpan, last year's Ivy Rookie of the Year, leads the league in goals (12) and points (31).
The Crimson stopped a three-game losing streak to Yale by winning last year's game 3-2 in Cambridge. Akpan had two goals for Harvard.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity