PRINCETON, N.J. -- After two weekends of Ivy
League play, Penn and Princeton have earned some separation at the
top of the League table. Penn has done so with opportune scoring
and a relentless defense, winning both of its Ivy contests by a 1-0
margin, including a 1-0 win at home against Columbia this past
weekend. Midfielder Travis Cantrell has proved to
be a clutch scorer for the Quakers in the early stages of League
play, as the sophomore has scored both of Penn's game winners.
Having also not conceded a goal in League play, Princeton has shown
the same defensive sturdiness as Penn, but the Tigers have had the
added benefit of some serious firepower in the attack. Princeton
posted a 3-0 home win against No. 13 Brown on Saturday, its second
consecutive 3-0 Ivy victory.
Harvard and Cornell played to a 1-1 tie in Cambridge. The Big Red's Chase Aaronson scored with 1:46 left to play in the second half to lead Cornell to its first League point of the year, while Harvard stays unbeaten in Ivy play at 1-0-1. Elsewhere, after a 0-0 first half, Dartmouth and Yale were involved in a second half shootout in Hanover, N.H. The Big Green took a 1-0 lead at 47:55, only to see the Bulldogs battle back to tie it at 1-1 in the 57th minute. But on the strength of Aaron Gaide and Lucky Mkosana strikes down the stretch, Dartmouth evened its League record at 1-1-0.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore midfielder Lester Nare (Cary, N.C.) led Princeton with a five-point week as the Tigers went 2-0-0. The midfielder scored two goals against No. 13 ranked Brown, something no other team in Division I soccer can claim it has done against the Bears. Brown had entered the game versus Princeton with a 7-0-2 record, having conceded just one goal through that nine game unbeaten stretch.
In the match versus the Bears, Nare put Princeton on the scoreboard in the 16th minute. After a teammate was fouled, Teddy Schneider took the restart for the Tigers from 20-yards out. Matt Sanner headed the set piece towards the goal and Nare was there to tap the ball into the back of the net. In the 30th minute, Nare had his second shot on goal saved by Brown goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand following a Mark Linnville throw-in. Two minutes after Princeton's starting goalkeeper left the game with an injury, Nare helped take the pressure off the Tigers' young backup goalkeeper when he tallied Princeton's third goal of the game in the 70th minute. Schneider took a corner on the near side and was able to get the ball to Nare, who headed the ball in on the far side of the goal.
In Princeton's midweek contest versus Seton Hall, Nare helped the Tigers to a 3-2 overtime win. He played 79 minutes in the Princeton midfield and assisted on Manny Sardinha's second half goal. Nare is the third consecutive Tiger to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, following Antoine Hoppenot (Sept. 27) and Josh Walburn (Oct. 4).
Nare's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 1 A, 5 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Connor McCarthy's (Ridgefield, Conn.) first collegiate goal proved to be the game winner in Harvard's 1-0 victory at Holy Cross on Wednesday. In the win over the Crusaders, Kyle Henderson grooved a pass to McCarthy, who then beat Holy Cross goalkeeper Evan Polanik with a shot to the left side of the netting at 46:47. McCarthy then came off the bench in the Crimson's Ivy League game versus Cornell, helping Harvard to a 1-1 tie by playing 36 minutes and getting off one shot.
McCarthy and the Crimson are now 2-0-1 in their last three games, improving to 4-3-4 overall. He is the first player from Harvard to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Richard Smith earned the honor on November 16, 2009.
McCarthy's Weekly Stats
2-0 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
Chase Aaronson, Cornell, Jr., F (Palm Springs, Calif.)
1-0 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-0-1
Ben Berg, Penn, Sr., GK (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.)
1-1 GP/GS, 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 5 SVS, 90 Mins., 1.000 SV%, 1 Sho, Team: 1-0-0
Evan Coleman, Brown, Jr., M/D (Amherst, Mass.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Daniel Keat, Dartmouth, Sr., M (Wellington, New Zealand)
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 0 A, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 6 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
Sebastian Serra, Yale, Sr., M (Mexico City, Mexico)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1-0
Ben Tsuda, Harvard, Jr., M/F (Shrewsbury, Mass.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
THE WEEK AHEAD
This week, the Quakers hit the road in search of a second Ivy road win when they play at Dartmouth in Saturday's only afternoon contest. But the Big Green enter the game knowing that a win would even their record with Penn at 2-1-0.
On Saturday evening, Princeton will play an Ivy road game for
the first time as it looks to extend a five-game winning streak and
stay atop the League standings when it faces Columbia. The Lions
will have other ideas, as they look to get in the win column in
their first Ivy home match. Yale and Cornell square off in Ithaca,
N.Y., with each team searching for its first League win of the
season, though Cornell did earn a tie at Harvard last weekend.
Brown plays host to Harvard in a match-up of current third and
fourth place teams. The Crimson are bidding to stay unbeaten in
League play (1-0-1), while the Bears will be looking to bounce back
from their 3-0 defeat at Princeton last weekend.
Tuesday, October 12
Cornell at Colgate -- 7 pm
American at Penn -- 7 pm
Princeton at Lafayette -- 7 pm
Saturday, October 16
Penn at Dartmouth* -- 4 pm
Princeton at Columbia* -- 7 pm
Yale at Cornell* -- 7 pm
Harvard at Brown* -- 7 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest