Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 10
Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- With a win over Dartmouth and Penn’s overtime loss at Brown, the Harvard Crimson have taken over the top spot atop the Ivy League men's soccer standings in a topsy-turvy season.
The Crimson are 4-1-0 in League play and hold a two-point lead over Princeton and Penn with two weekends remaining. Harvard, which last won the Ancient Eight title in 2009, travels to Columbia this weekend before hosting Penn to close things out.
The only scenario that could have the Crimson wrapping up the title this weekend would be if Harvard beats Columbia and Penn and Princeton play a tie. That would give the Crimson a four-point lead heading into the final weekend.
Three straight wins, including two in League play, has Brown back in the title hunt. The Bears are four points back, tied with Yale at 2-1-2. Brown and Yale play in New Haven on Saturday with the winner staying alive in the hunt. A tie or a loss would eliminate one or both from the race. Brown, which has the League’s best RPI right now at No. 94, closes out the regular season at home with Dartmouth.
With Penn’s overtime loss at Brown on Saturday, every team has at least one League loss. That will be the case for the seventh time in the last nine years. The lone exceptions during that time were Brown in 2007 and Princeton in 2010, both of which finished a perfect 7-0-0.
Penn and Princeton face each other on Saturday, tied for second in the League but having different points of view. The Quakers control their own destiny since they still face Harvard in the final match of the season. However, the Tigers do not control their own destiny, closing out the season with Yale.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown junior Daniel Taylor (Greenwich, Conn.) scored in the 105th minute to break a 1-1 tie and give the Bears a big win over Penn on Saturday evening. After tallying an assist earlier in the week in Brown’s 2-1 win over Boston College, Taylor scored his third goal of the season in the second overtime to keep the Bears alive in the Ivy League title race and hand the Quakers their first League loss of the season. The win was Brown’s third straight.
Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 shots, 2 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale sophomore Henos Musie (Gothenburg, Sweden) earned his second Rookie of the Week honor last week. Musie, who had missed the last four games due to injury, announced his return by scoring twice in the Bulldogs’ 3-3 tie at Columbia. He scored midway through the first half to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead and then added a second tally off a free kick from 30 yards out.
Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 shots, 2 SOG
Tuesday, November 5
American at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
Wednesday, November 6
Sacred Heart at Columbia, 7 pm
Harvard at Holy Cross, 7 pm
Saturday, November 9
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Yale, 4 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Penn, 4 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm
*Ivy League match
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