PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 56th season of Ivy
League men’s soccer came to an end on Saturday, with
Princeton earning the outright Ivy League championship by beating
Yale, 2-1, to cap off a perfect 7-0-0 Ivy season. It was the first
time since 2001 the Tigers won the Ivy League championship and it
also marked the first time in school history that Princeton has
finished with a 7-0-0 record in Ivy play. With the game tied at
1-1, freshman midfielder Patrick O’Neil
scored what proved to be the outright Ivy League title-winning goal
The other three Ivy contests proved to be closely contested matches as the teams fought for final positioning within the League standings. In what was essentially a showdown for third place, Dartmouth played host to Brown and upset the 14th-ranked Bears, 1-0. Junior midfielder Adam Rice scored the game-winning goal for the Big Green in the 74th minute when he found the back of the net following a long throw-in by senior Walker Linares. The win placed Dartmouth in third with a 4-3-0 Ivy record, while Brown finished in fourth at 3-3-1 in League play.
Harvard hit the road for its final Ivy League match of 2010 and pulled off a dramatic upset at 18th-ranked Penn. The Quakers took a 1-0 lead when Christian Barreiro scored his fourth goal of the season to finish off a quick offensive move that was assisted by Loukas Tasigianis and Travis Cantrell at 39:01. Harvard’s Brian Rogers then leveled the score just over two minutes later. After a scoreless second half, the teams headed to overtime where Crimson defender Tim Linden proved to be the hero, scoring the golden goal in the second overtime to seal the Harvard win. At 5-2-0 in Ivy play, the Quakers finished second in the League, while Harvard finished with a 2-3-2 Ivy record to tie for fifth.
Elsewhere, Columbia and Cornell also battled in an overtime tilt that, despite chances for both sides, ended in a 0-0 tie. Rick Pflasterer made two saves to earn the shutout in the Big Red net, while Alexander Aurrichio and Michael Attal each made a save to share the shutout for Columbia. With the tie, Columbia ended the season on a four-game unbeaten streak in Ivy play (2-0-2) to tie for fifth at 2-3-2. Cornell finished eighth with a 0-5-2 Ivy record.
The Ivies now await tonight’s selection to see who will join Princteon in the NCAA Championship field of 48. The 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship selections will be announced live on ESPNU, Monday, Nov. 15, between 4:30 and 5 p.m. (EST).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior defender Tim Linden (Libertyville, Ill.) had a career-high three points in Harvard’s 2-1 double-overtime victory at No. 18 Penn on Saturday. After assisting on Harvard’s first goal by Brian Rogers at 41:16 of the first half, Linden netted the game-winning score at 108:10 of the second overtime for a golden goal. Linden accepted a pass from Connor McCarthy, made one touch, and fired into the back of the net to win the game for the Crimson.
The game-winning strike was the first goal of Linden’s collegiate career. He is the first member of the Crimson to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors since Nov. 9, 2009 when Alex Chi was named the Ivy League Player of the Week.
Linden’s Weekly Stats
1-0 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman midfielder Patrick O’Neil (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored the biggest goal of his rookie campaign when he tallied the game-winning strike in a 2-1 victory over Yale on Saturday, Nov. 13 in the final game of the regular season. With the win, Princeton finished the season with a perfect 7-0-0 Ivy League record for the first time in program history and claimed the 2010 Ivy League title. The Tigers have now won a program record 12 straight games.
O’Neil scored from the top of the box early in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie, and the Tigers made it stand the rest of the way. It was his second goal of the season. It is the second time this season O’Neil has earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, having also done so on Oct. 18.
O’Neil’s Weekly Stats
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Christian Barreiro, Penn, Jr., F (Baltimore, Md.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 7 Shots, 3 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1-0
Connor McCarthy, Fr., F (Ridgefield, Conn.)
1-1 GP/GS, 0 G, 1 A, 1 Pt., 2 Shots, 0 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Adam Rice, Dartmouth, Jr., M (Manalapan, N.J.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-0