September 12, 2007

Harvard, Brown Stay Unbeaten in M. Soccer

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With conference play just under a month away, Ancient Eight soccer was in full force this weekend with all sixteen Ivy League men’s and women’s soccer teams in action. With most teams having played only three or four matches, the Brown and Harvard men remain the only two teams yet to taste defeat.

Men’s Soccer

Harvard 1, Maine 0
Harvard 2, Providence 1

Harvard came into the weekend ranked No. 13 in the nation and remained undefeated by beating Maine and Providence, 1-0, and 2-1, respectively. Harvard moved to 3-0 with strong play between the pipes from senior co-captain Adam Hahn and a pair of goals off the foot of junior Michael Fucito against Providence.

Brown 2, Santa Clara 1
Brown 3, Fordham 1

The Brown men joined Harvard as the only remaining undefeated teams in the Ivy League by opening the season with victories over a favored Santa Clara and Fordham to win the Adidas-Brown Classic. Against the nations fifth-ranked Santa Clara Bronco’s, senior Kevin Davies found the back of the net to break a tie game in the fifty-third minute, giving the Bears a 2-1 victory.

Dartmouth went 1-1
Yale went 0-2

Dartmouth and Yale had mixed outcomes at the Yale Classic this weekend. The host lost both of its matches, while the Green, led by Ivy League Player of the Week junior keeper Sean Milligan, earned its first victory with a shutout against Sacred Heart and managed to play to a scoreless tie in a double overtime match with No. 10 Northwestern.

Columbia, Princeton and Penn went 0-2

Columbia, Princeton, and Pennsylvania each managed to escape the weekend without adding a victory to their respective records, standing at a combined 0-8. Princeton leads the league in minutes played man-down, having played the final 43 minutes of their match against American with only ten players after a red card was awarded to sophomore Nate Krinsky.

Women’s Soccer

Penn 0, Michigan State 1
Penn 6, St. Joseph’s 0

Penn sits atop the Ivy League thus far in non-conference play, even after suffering its first loss of the season against Michigan State on Friday at home. They recouped quickly to shutout Saint Joseph’s two days later, earning a 6-0 victory.

Columbia 2, Miami (Ohio) 0
Columbia 4, Fairleigh Dickinson 0

Columbia is the only other team with multiple wins under its belt this season, having grabbed two victories this past weekend to improve to 2-2. In a pair of shutouts against Miami of Ohio and Fairleigh Dickinson, sophomore Sophie Reiser tallied three assists and a goal, a strong enough effort to earn her Ivy League Player of the Week recognition.

Brown and Princeton went 0-1
Yale went 0-2

Elsewhere in the Ancient Eight, Brown opened the season unable to mount any sort of offensive attack and was shut out by Boston College, 2-0. Princeton settled for a 0-0 double overtime tie in their home opener against a nationally ranked Villanova squad, moving to 0-2-1 on the season. Yale was less fortunate, suffering through shutout defeats against North Carolina and Duke at the Carolina Nike Classic to fall to 1-2 on the year.

Dartmouth 1, Cal Poly 0
Dartmouth 1, Minnesota 4

Dartmouth earned its first win of the year as the host of the Nike Hypertherm Tournament, needing only one goal from sophomore Maggie Goldstein to squeak past Cal Poly by a final score of 1-0. The Green followed up the victory with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota to fall to 1-3 by the weekend’s end.

Harvard 1, Northeastern 0
Harvard 1, Boston College 2

The Harvard women managed just one goal in each of their games this weekend, good enough for a 1-0 win over Northeastern and a loss to Boston College. Against the nation’s tenth-ranked Boston College, Harvard got a goal early from freshman Gina Wideroff, but could not fend off the Eagle attack and eventually fell by a score of 2-1. The Crimson now sits at 1-2-1.