Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 7
PRINCETON, N.J. -- With their second straight Ivy League win in cardiac fashion, the Yale Bulldogs begin the week atop the Ivy League standings.
The Bulldogs haven’t finished above fourth in the Ivy since 2005, when they won a share of the title with Brown and Dartmouth. But after beating Harvard with a pair of goals in the final three minutes last week and then topping Dartmouth with a goal in the second overtime period for a 1-0 win on Saturday, the Bulldogs sit atop the standings with a 2-0-0 mark. Yale hosts defending champ Cornell on Saturday.
Columbia played a scoreless tie with Penn on Saturday to extend the Lions’ unbeaten streak to seven straight matches, their longest since an eight-game winning streak that spanned the end of the 1995 season and start of the 1996 campaign. The Lions put that streak on the line Tuesday when they visit UConn.
Brown and Columbia have both started the Ivy slate with a pair of ties (including one against each other). The last time a team started an Ivy slate with two draws was in 2009 when Cornell did it.
In all thus far this season, 54 of the 74 matches involving Ivies have been decided by one goal or less. Also, 21 of the 74 have gone into extra time, led by Dartmouth’s League-high six OT matches. All four Ivy matches went into double overtime on Saturday, something that hasn't happened on the same weekend in League play in at least 30 years.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior defender Ross Friedman (Bexley, Ohio) had a hand in both goals as the Crimson knocked off Cornell on the road, 2-1, Saturday evening. Friedman scored midway through the first half to give Harvard the lead. He then added a helper on the game-winner 1:55 into the second overtime, assisting on Kevin Harrington’s goal. Friedman becomes the first Crimson to earn Player of the Week honors since Tim Linden on November 15, 2010, which ironically followed the Crimson’s last road win in Ivy play.
It was also Harvard’s first win over Cornell since 2008 and first win in Ithaca since 2007.
Friedman’s Statistics for the
1 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 shots, 2 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman forward Cameron Kirdzik (Flemington, N.J.) pulled the Bulldogs atop the Ancient Eight standings with his overtime goal Saturday evening and earned himself Rookie of the Week honors in the process. Kirdzik scored with 3:04 left in the second overtime off a redirect for the game’s only goal as the Bulldogs beat Dartmouth, 1-0. Kirdzik redirected Henry Albrecht’s rebound attempt just inside the post for his third tally of the season and Yale’s second-straight last second Ivy win.
Kirdzik’s Statistics for the
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 12 shots, 5 SOG
Tuesday, October 15
Columbia at UConn, 7 pm
Colgate at Cornell, 7 pm
Princeton at St. John’s, 7 pm [ESPN3]
Saturday, October 19
*Cornell at Yale, 3:30 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Princeton, 4 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7:30 pm [IVY]
*Ivy League match
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