Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 5
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth is one of nine unbeaten squads remaining in the country as Ivy League squads get ready to turn their attention to League play later this week.
The Big Green remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Albany on Saturday, running their mark to 4-0-3 on the year. Dartmouth is unbeaten through seven games for the first time since 1987 when it began the year 6-0-1.
Cornell fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Sunday, falling to Niagara, 1-0. The Big Red were playing their third match in six days and saw a 25-game regular season nonconference unbeaten streak fall. Ironically, Niagara was the last team to beat Cornell in regular season nonconference play back on Sept. 2, 2011.
Columbia ran its winning streak to five straight games after a 2-0 shutout at Fordham on Sunday afternoon. The five straight wins are the most for the Lions since 1995 when they closed that campaign with five consecutive victories. Columbia has allowed just six goals this season, three of those coming in the season-opener at then No. 2-ranked Creighton. The Lions have outscored the opposition, 12-2, in the current five-game winning streak.
This week marks the beginning of all important League play for Ivy League men’s soccer squads. The most intreaguing of the first weekend’s matches might be Brown, which has played a rough non-League slate, visiting red-hot Columbia.
Cornell opens its title defense at Penn on Saturday night. The last team to successfully defend the Ivy title was Dartmouth, which won the 2004 title and then won a share of the 2005 crown (with Brown and Yale). The last time consecutive Ivy championships were won in outright fashion was 1997 and 1998 when Brown claimed consecutive titles.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Jackson (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) logged 171 minutes of scoreless soccer between the posts last week as the Lions ran their winning streak to five games. Jackson played 81 minutes in Columbia’s 3-0 shutout of LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday and then went the distance on Sunday, blanking Fordham, 2-0, to give their Lions their longest winning streak in 18 years.
Jackson’s Statistics for the
2 GP, 170:58 min., 0 GA, 4 SVs, 1.000 sv.%, 1 SH
Princeton junior midfielder Cameron Porter (Centerville, Ohio) was a scoring machine on Friday, recording a six-point night and having a hand in all four goals as the Tigers beat Florida International, 4-2. Porter’s six-point performance was the first by a Tiger since 2009. He scored midway through the first half to give Princeton a 1-0 lead. Porter then added a pair of assists less than two minutes apart early in the second half to make it 3-0, helping a pair of Thomas Sanner goals. Porter later made it 4-0 when he scored with 17:40 to play. He is the first Tiger to earn Player of the Week honors since Benjamin Burton in November 2010.
Porter’s Statistics for the
2 GP, 2G, 2A, 6 Pts., 8 shots, 5 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown forward Nate Pomeroy (Groton, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal as part of a Brown offensive explosion. The slumping Bears broke out in a 5-0 win over Marist on Friday night. Pomeroy put the game out of reach just before half, scoring on a one-timer from a cross just 1:53 before intermission to give the Bears a commanding 4-0 advantage. Brown had lost four straight matches and had scored just four goals in the first six matches this season.
Pomeroy’s Statistics for the
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 shots, 2 SOG
Tuesday, October 1
Vermont at Dartmouth, 6 pm [IVY]
Boston University at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Wednesday, October 2
Drexel at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, October 5
*Brown at Columbia, 4 pm
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 4:30 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Ivy League match
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