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Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 8

Penn's Thomas Brandt (left) and Princeton's Patrick O'Neil (right).

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn and Princeton each moved to 3-0-0 in Ivy League play this past weekend, with Penn continuing to do so based largely on its stingy defense and Princeton's offense leading the charge for the Tigers. The Seventeenth-ranked Quakers recorded their third consecutive 1-0 Ivy League win, downing Dartmouth on the road. After falling behind by a 2-1 score with just under 30 minutes to play, Princeton fought back for a 3-2 road win at Columbia, marking the third time in as many Ivy games the Tigers have put three goals on the board. Princeton has now won seven games in a row (and scored three goals in all seven of those wins), while the Quakers have won five straight.

Elsewhere, Harvard and fifteenth-ranked Brown played to a 0-0 stalemate in a physical battle in Providence, R.I. The Crimson, who was outshot 25-6 in the match, stayed in the game in large part due to the goalkeeping of junior Austin Harms, who finished with six saves. With the tie, Harvard moves into sole possession of third place in the Ivy League standings with five points, while Brown is fourth with four points. In Saturday's other Ivy game, Yale earned its first League win of the season with a 1-0 victory at Cornell, meaning the road teams went 3-0-1 last week. Senior midfielder Andy Shorten was the hero for the Bulldogs, scoring what turned out to be the game winner at 36:43.  

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
It is not often that a defender garners attention for his work on the offensive side of the field, but junior tri-captain Thomas Brandt (Palmyra, Pa.) made his mark on No. 17 Penn's offense with a goal in the fourth minute to provide the only scoring in Penn's 1-0 win at Dartmouth on Saturday. Brandt's third goal of the season came off a restart, as he pounced on a rebound following the free kick. The goal was his second game winner of 2010.

After putting Penn up 1-0, Brandt then settled down into his normal role as a shutdown center back for the Quakers. He directed a defense that limited the Big Green to just two shots on goal and rebuffed the Big Green on nine corner kicks, including three in the final five minutes of play as Dartmouth pushed for the equalizer.

Earlier in the week, Brandt teamed with his defensive partners to blank American, 1-0. The two shutouts Brandt played a part in last week ran Penn's stretch to four clean sheets in a row and the Quaker defense is in the midst of a streak of not allowing a goal that spans 395:92 (parts of five matches). He is Penn's first Ivy League Player of the Week since freshman Stephen Baker earned the honor on Sept. 6.  

Brandt's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0    


ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman defender/midfielder Patrick O'Neil (Malvern, Pa.) scored his first collegiate goal in Princeton's 3-0 shutout of Lafayette on Tuesday and helped the Tigers to their fifth shutout of the season. With the Tigers leading 1-0 in the 53rd minute, O'Neil dribbled through his defenders and took a shot from the top of the box for an unassisted insurance tally, extending the Tigers' lead to 2-0. He then got the starting nod against Columbia and helped the Tigers battle back from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 Ivy League road win, playing 68 minutes and getting off one shot in what turned out to be Princeton's seventh consecutive win.   

O'Neil is the first Tiger to earn Ivy League Rookie of the week honors this season. In fact, he is Princeton's first honoree since one year ago when Lester Nare earned Rookie of the Week accolades on October 19, 2009.     

O'Neail's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0-0   

HONOR ROLL
Francois Anderson, Columbia, Jr., M (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
1-0 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1-0

Paul Grandstrand, Brown, Sr., GK (Orono, Minn.)
1-1 GP/GS, 110:00 mins., 0GA, 0.00 GAA, 1 SV, 1.000 SV %, 1 Sho, 0-0-1

Austin Harms, Harvard, Jr., GK (Corona del Mar, Calif.)
1-1 GP/GS, 110:00 mins., 0 GA, 0.000 GAA, 6 SVS, 1.000 SV% 1 SHO, 0-0-1

Sean Lynch, Princeton, Sr., GK (Oceanside, N.Y.)
2-2 GP/GS, 180:00 mins., 2 GA, 1.000 GAA, 9 SVS, 0.818 SV% 1 SHO, 2-0-0

Andy Shorten, Yale, Sr., M (Hudson, Ohio)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0

THIS WEEK
The Ivies put their collective 7-0-0 record in non-conference October games on the line Tuesday when Harvard host No. 18 Boston College, Cornell plays at Lafayette and No. 15 Brown hosts Hartwick.

Then Ivy League play resumes with three games on Saturday, beginning with Columbia hosting Dartmouth. The Lions will be looking for their first Ivy win, while Dartmouth tries to rebound from a narrow 1-0 defeat to Penn. Also looking for its first League win, Cornell travels to Providence, R.I. where it will face a Brown team looking for three points in the League standings. Penn attempts to make it four Ivy wins in a row at Yale on Saturday evening, but the Bulldogs are looking to start a winning streak of their own coming off their 1-0 win at Cornell.

Then on Sunday, Princeton (3-0-0) plays host to Harvard (1-0-2) in a matchup of Ivy League unbeatens. The natioanlly televised game will air live on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m.
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, October 19
Boston College at Harvard, 3 pm
Cornell at Lafayette, 7 pm
Hartwick at Brown, 7 pm

Saturday, October 23
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 4:30 pm
*Cornell at Brown, 7 pm
*Penn at Yale, 7 pm

Saturday, October 24
*Harvard at Princeton, 5:30 pm

*Ivy League contest