PRINCETON, N.J. -- On the second Saturday of Ivy men’s soccer play, Cornell and Yale continued their winning ways to jump out to a tie for first in the League standings at 2-0-0. With last minute heroics, Brown and Penn came up with their first Ivy wins in Saturday’s other League games.
Yale welcomed Dartmouth to New Haven, Conn., and used a first half Charlie Paris strike and a second half Charlie Neil insurance tally for a second Ivy win in as many weeks. Bobby Thalman made five saves to earn the shutout. Dartmouth, which dropped to 1-1-0 in Ivy play, did record a 2-0 non-conference win over Vermont on Tuesday. Lucky Mkosana’s seventh goal of the season proved to be the game winner.
Cornell continued as one of the hottest teams in the nation with a 3-1 win at home over Harvard to remain undefeated in it’s last nine games (6-0-3). Harvard took a 1-0 lead to the locker room at halftime thanks to an Obiajulu Agha goal. But Daniel Haber, Chase Aaronson and Conor Goepel scored three goals in the first 23 minutes of play after the break to lead the Big Red to the win.
Penn earned its first Ivy win of the season at Columbia, besting the Lions in a high-scoring game, 3-2. The Lions jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Henning Sauerbier and Ronnie Shaban scored just over a minute apart at 6:13 and 7:15, respectively. But the Quakers kept their composure and Thomas Brandt scored a pair of goals before halftime to tie the game, 2-2. The teams entered the final minutes of play still knotted at 2-2. After a last minute defeat to Cornell last weekend, Penn’s Christian Barreiro made sure the Quakers turned the tables and came out with a last second win by netting the game-wining goal versus the Lions at 89:16.
Brown also recorded its first Ivy win, doing so by downing Princeton, 3-2, in the Bears’ third consecutive overtime game. Princeton’s Matt Sanner broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half but then Brown’s TJ Popolizio tied the game at 81:55 to ultimately send it to overtime. Just under two minutes into the first extra stanza, Popolizio netted his League-leading eighth goal of the season to secure the win for the Bears. In midweek, non-conference action Brown held ninth-ranked St. John’s to a 0-0 tie, while Princeton thrashed Seton Hall, 7-3. The seven goals by the Tigers tied Yale for the most goals by an Ivy team in a game this season. David Dubow, Sanner and Antoine Hoppenot scored two goals apiece in the win over the Pirates.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown senior forward TJ Popolizio (Rexford, N.Y.) lead the Bears to a 1-0-1 week including a 0-0 tie at ninth-ranked St. John’s and a 3-2 overtime win over visiting Ivy foe Princeton.
In the win over the Tigers, Popolizio scored the game-tying goal at the 81:55 mark, evening the score at 2-2. Popolizio then scored the golden goal just 1:23 into overtime to give the Bears their first Ivy League win of the year. For the dramatic game winner, senior midfielder Taylor Gorman sent a free kick toward the left side of the goal and Popolizio went up and knocked the ball into the bottom right corner to give the Bears the win. Popolizio now has four game-winning goals on the year and leads all Ivy League scorers with eight goals. It marks his second Ivy League Player of the Week honor in 2011, having also shared the award on Sept. 19.
Popolizio’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman forward Conor Goepel (Chatham, N.J.) helped the Big Red continue on its current it’s nine-game unbeaten streak, scoring the insurance tally versus Harvard on Saturday to move the Big Red, which has not lost since its season opening game, to 6-1-3 on the season.
Holding a 2-1 lead at the time, Goepel scored Cornell’s third goal at 67:34 to help put the game away. Goepel and Tyler Regan sprinted in tandem through the center of the Crimson defense, and Regan found Goepel open inside the penalty area. Goepel finished the pass for his third goal of the year. It is the second time this season Goepel has earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, having also done so on Sept. 19.
Goepel’s Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Nick Alers, Yale (So., D - San Jose, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1A, 1 Pt.
Thomas Brandt, Penn (Sr., D - Palmyra, Pa.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Daniel Haber, Cornell (So., F - Toronto, Canada)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Antoine Hoppenot, Princeton (Sr., F - Princeton, N.J.)
2-2 GP-GS, 3G, 1A, 7 Pts., 10 Shots, 7 SOG
Duke Lacroix, Penn (Fr., F - New Egypt, N.J.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1A, 1 Pt., 6 Shots, 5 SOG
Harvard, Princeton, Cornell and Penn play non-conference games on Tuesday night before Saturday’s third set of Ivy League games.
The Ivy games begin Saturday afternoon when the two top teams in the League standings meet as Yale welcomes Cornell to New Haven, Conn. Last season, Yale won 1-0 when the teams met in Ithaca, N.Y. Current Bulldog goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made two saves to earn that shutout victory.
On Saturday night, Brown plays at Harvard and Columbia plays at Princeton. Harvard and Princeton will each be looking for their first Ivy wins of the season, while Brown and Columbia will be trying to keep pace near the top of the Ivy standings.
Also on Saturday night, Dartmouth travels to Penn with both teams entering the game at 2-1-0 in Ivy play. Last season when the teams met in Hanover, N.H., Penn’s Thomas Brandt, now a senior on the Quaker roster, scored just 3:43 into the contest to help Penn to a 1-0 win.
Non-conference highlights include Harvard playing at cross-town rival Boston College and Princeton playing host to Lehigh in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Tuesday, October 11
Harvard at Boston College, 4 pm
^Lafayette at Princeton, 5 pm
Colgate at Cornell, 7 pm
Penn at Lehigh, 7 pm
Saturday, October 15
*Cornell at Yale, 1 pm
*Brown at Harvard, 7 pm
*Columbia at Princeton, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7:30 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest
^ - Television: ESPNU