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October 31, 2011

Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 10

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Juggling schedule and venue changes due to weather complications that brought December conditions to October, the Ivy men's soccer teams played a grueling set of games in which no team scored more than one goal. When the fifth set of League games was all said and done late Sunday afternoon, Cornell remained atop the Ivy standings after extending its unbeaten streak to a school-record 13 games with a 1-1 tie at Princeton.

At 3-0-2 in Ivy play, the Big Red have 11 points to lead second place Brown (3-1-1) and Dartmouth (3-1-1) by one point with two games to play in the race for the 2011 Ivy League title. With nine points, Yale (3-2-0) and Columbia (3-2-0) are tied for fifth and still have designs on the 2011 title as well.

This past weekend's action began on Saturday when Dartmouth and Harvard played to a 1-1 tie and Brown kept its title hopes in good standing with a 1-0 home victory over Penn.

In the Crimson-Big Green clash, Kevin Dzierzawski gave visiting Dartmouth a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute only to see Hiroki Kobayashi tie the game for good at 30:24 with his first goal of the year. Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen made seven saves, including a pair in the first overtime stanza to help the Big Green earn the valuable road point.

The Bears extended their unbeaten streak to six games on the strength of an Austin Mandel penalty kick, converted in the 62nd minute, and stout defending that allowed the Quakers to put only one shot on goal. It was Mandel's first goal of the year.

Cornell and Princeton played to a 1-1 tie on Sunday afternoon at the Tigers' Plummer Field at Roberts Stadium. Princeton took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute on an own goal generated by a Cameron Porter cross. The Big Red's Daniel Haber answered with the game-tying goal in the 40th minute, his team-leading eighth goal of the year. Rick Pflasterer was forced into making just one save for Cornell, while Princeton's Seth MacMillan made four stops.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth sophomore goalkeeper Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) led the Big Green to a 1-0-1 week that included a 1-0 blanking of Colgate and a 1-1 tie at Harvard that kept Dartmouth in control of its own destiny with regard to the chase for the 2011 Ivy League title.

On Oct. 25, Cohen turned aside all four shots Colgate put on net to record his fifth shutout of the season. He followed that performance with a seven save effort in the 1-1 tie at Harvard on Oct. 29. His seven saves marked the third time this season he has posted at least seven saves and included two saves in the second overtime.

Cohen, who is in his first year as Dartmouth's starting goalkeeper, becomes the second member of the Big Green squad to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season as Lucky Mkosana earned the award on Sept. 12.

Cohen's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 200:00 Mins., 1 GA, 0.45 GAA, 1 Sho, 1-0-1

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman forward Hiroki Kobayashi (Scarsdale, N.Y.) helped the Crimson to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Dartmouth in its only game last week. With the Crimson trailing 1-0 in the 31st minute, Kobayashi tallied his first collegiate goal at 30:24, converting a pass by Eric Slingerland. Kobayashi becomes Harvard's first Ivy League Rookie of the Week in over a year, as Connor McCarthy claimed Rookie of the Week honors for the Crimson on Oct. 11, 2010.

Kobayashi's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG

HONOR ROLL
Daniel Haber, Cornell (So., F - Toronto, Ontario)
1-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG

Austin Harms, Harvard (Sr., GK - Corona del Mar, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 1 GA, 0.82 GAA, 4 SVS, 0-0-1

Seth MacMillan, Princeton (So., GK - Takoma Park, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 1 GA, 0.82 GAA, 4 SVS, 0-0-1

Austin Mandel, Brown (Sr., F - Tarzana, Calif.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG

Will Stamatis, Columbia (Jr., F - Mountainside, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG

THIS WEEK
The collective non-conference portion of the schedule concludes for the Ivies on Tuesday night when Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia and Princeton all play teams outside the League. Entering Tuesday night, the Ivies have posted a combined 34-29-12 (.533) record versus non-conference opposition in 2011.

On Saturday, the chase for the 2011 Ivy League title takes center stage and with two games left of each team's Ivy schedule, five of the eight teams are still in contention.

With 11 points, Cornell (3-0-2) enters the weekend in first place and in control of its own destiny, meaning if it were to win its final two games, it could not be caught in the standings. Dartmouth and Brown are tied for second with 10 points (each 3-1-1). Because of the games remaining on Dartmouth's schedule (versus Cornell and Brown), the Big Green are also in control of its own destiny as wins over the Big Red and the Bears would put them at the top of the table.

Yale and Columbia (both 3-2-0) are tied for fourth with nine points and are still in the thick of the title race, but the Bulldogs and Lions will be looking for wins this weekend and then to the standings to see what else would have to happen on the final weekend of play to finish as champions. A two-loss team has won the League on two occasions, including Dartmouth in 1964 (5-2-0) and by Brown in 1975 (5-2-0).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, November 1
Colgate at Harvard, 7 pm
Dartmouth at New Hampshire, 7 pm
Columbia at Adelphi, 7 pm
Lehigh at Princeton, 7 pm
        
Saturday, November 5
*Harvard at Columbia, 4 pm
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 5 pm
*Brown at Yale, 5:30 pm
*Princeton at Penn, 7:30 pm

* - denotes Ivy League contest

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