Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications and
Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Brown handed Cornell its
first loss of the season and the race for the Ivy League men's
soccer title got a little bit tighter last weekend as the top half
of the league is separated by just two points.
Brown, ranked No. 18 in the NSCAA Top 25 last week, began its week with a 1-0 win out of conference at Boston College. The Bears returned home to knock Cornell from the ranks of the unbeaten, snapping the Big Red's 12-match winning streak with a 2-0 win. That pushed Brown (3-0-1) to the stop of the standings with 10 points, one better than Cornell and Dartmouth, which kept pace with a 2-1 win over Columbia on Saturday. The Big Green scored twice early and then withstood a late charge by the host Lions to move to 3-1-0 in League play this season.
Princeton remained unbeaten in the League (2-0-2) and sits two points behind in the standings after a 2-1 double-overtime win over Harvard on Saturday. Alex Wetterman scored the golden goal 1:42 into the second overtime session. The Tigers travel to Cornell on Saturday for a 3 pm match in what amounts to a must-win for both teams to keep pace in the league race.
Sam Kernan-Schloss logged four saves in the Brown shutout of Cornell and dropped his league-best goals against average to a mere 0.48. The Bears got an early goal from Ben Maurey just 4:34 into the match and added an insurance marker late on an own goal. Cornell was the last unbeaten / untied team in the nation entering the match. The Big Red, ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA poll before the loss, had scored three of more goals in seven-straight matches before being shutout on Saturday and had the No. 1 ranked offense in Division I, averaging 2.92 goals per match.
Maurey also had the gamewinner in the impressive non-conference win at Boston College on Tuesday, the tally coming with just 3:47 left in regulation. The Bears have allowed just three goals in their last seven matches and are unbeaten in their last 10 (8-0-2).
Yale overcame its recent scoring woes to down Penn, 2-1, on Saturday. The Bulldogs, who had been shutout in five straight matches, scored twice in the final 22 minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit and earn their first League win of the year. Peter Jacobson scored the gamewinner with 2:12 left in regulation.
Five of the Ancient Eight were ranked in the Top 100 in the latest NCAA RPI last week, including three in the Top 40. Cornell came in at No. 29, while Princeton was No. 36 and Brown was No. 37.
All eight teams have off from non-league play this week and only have Ivy matches on their slate on Saturday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown's Ben Maurey (Downington, Pa.) earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors with gamewinning goals in both of Brown's wins last week to help the Bears run their unbeaten streak to 10 straight. Maurey scored the only goal of the match to lift Brown past Boston College, 1-0, on Tuesday. He then followed that up with an early tally to set the tone in Brown's 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Cornell, snapping Cornell's 12-match unbeaten streak.
Maurey had tallied just one goal in his first 11 matches before his two markers last week. But he has made all three count this season as they have all been gamewinners. He now has eight points on the year (3g, 2a).
Brown, 8-0-2 in their last 10 matches, sits atop the league standings with 10 points and a 3-0-1 mark.
Maurey's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 1 GS, 2G, 4 Pts. 10 Shots, 2 GWG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton's Josh Miller (Portland, Ore.) assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime as the Tigers remained unbeaten in League play with a 2-1 win over Harvard. It was Miller's first career point and kept the Tigers in the race for the Ivy League title at 2-0-2, two points behind league-leader Brown.
Miller's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 1 Shot
Mark Linnville, Princeton (Sr., D, Boone, N.C.)
2 GP, 2 GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots
Peter Jacobson, Yale (Jr., F/M, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 GWG
Zack Wolfenzon, Harvard (Sr., F, San Diego)
2 GP, 2 GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 GWG
Saturday, October 27
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 3 pm
*Princeton at Cornell, 3 pm
*Columbia at Yale, 4:30 pm
*Brown at Penn, 7:30 pm
* Ivy League Contests