September 26, 2007

Around the Ivies: Soccer

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Previously No. 6 ranked Harvard made the trek out to California this past weekend, earning a tie against defending NCAA champion University of California Berkeley and notching their first loss to Loyola Marymount 3-2.

Harvard 2, Loyola Marymount 3
On Friday afternoon, the Crimson met its match in the LMU Lions, who were hosting the Loyola Marymount Invitational. The Lions scored just five minutes into the game, ending a three game scoreless draught. They extended their one goal lead just 37 seconds into the second half, but Harvard answered with its first goal in the 62nd minute on a 25-yard left-footed bullet from junior Michael Fucito. The Lions answered the call, restoring its two goal lead just two minutes later. The Crimson rounded out the scoring with another goal in the 79th minute, but it proved to be too little too late.

Harvard 1, UC Santa Barbara 1
The Crimson then went on to play reigning national champions UC Santa Barbara in a highly contested, double overtime thriller that ultimately ended tied 1-1. After a scoreless first half, Harvard sophomore Andre Akpan broke the game open with a goal in the 59th minute. The Harvard lead would only last 18 minutes, as the Gauchos of Santa Barbara answered with a header that went off the crossbar
No. 9 ranked Brown also made the trip to California, beating San Diego on Friday and earning a tie against University of California Irvine at the Adidas San Diego Classic, remaining undefeated on the season.
Brown 2, San Diego 1
The Bears registered just three shots in the first half — two by senior Kevin Davies — and made two of them count en route to a 2-1 halftime lead. Davies headed in a free kick to get the scoring started in the 32nd minute and gave the Bears a 2-1 lead just a minute after the Toreros scored the equalizer. In the second half, Brown added to its lead in the 64th minute with a goal from junior Dylan Sheehan — assisted by none other than Davies. San Diego scored in the 80th minute to make it close.

Brown 2, UC Irvine 2
Led once again by Davies — who had both of the Bears’ goals — Brown tied the UC-Irvine Anteaters 2-2. Brown kept the Anteaters shotless until the 63nd minute, en route to taking a 2-0 lead on two early goals in the second half. UC Irvine finally got on the board in the 70th minute on a penalty kick by Matt Murphy, who followed up in the 84th minute with the equalizer on another penalty kick, forcing overtime. The Anteaters registered the only shot of the overtime periods, but failed to beat the Brown goalkeeper.
Dartmouth hosted the Dartmouth Classic, blanking Wisconsin Milwaukee 1-0 and beating St. Francis 2-1 to win the tournament title. Freshman Andrew Olsen also earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his efforts in both games, including scoring the game winner against the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers.

Dartmouth 1, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 0
The Big Green needed just nine minutes to score the game winner against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as Andrew Olsen beat the Panthers goalie with a low left-footed shot. The game featured more penalties, 29, than shots, 23, and a relentless Dartmouth attack from the outset.
Dartmouth 2, St. Francis 1

Trailing 1-0 in the 77th minute, the Dartmouth duo of Craig Henderson and Olsen made sure the Green were going to win the tournament they were hosting, scoring two goals in 50 seconds to beat St. Francis in dramatic fashion. There were few scoring chances in the first half, but St. Francis made one of theirs count off a corner kick in the 39th minute. Henderson started the Dartmouth quick strike scoring off a headed pass from Matt Carroll and hammered it home to tie the game. Carroll again fed a teammate — this time Olsen —and Olsen did the rest, heading in the game winner and capping the comeback.

Columbia also traveled to California to play in the Loyola Marymount Invitational, falling to UC Santa Barbara 5-1 and earning a scoreless tie against the hosting Loyola Marymount Lions.

Columbia 1, UC Santa Barbara 5
Meeting the NCAA defending champions, No. 14 ranked UC Santa Barbara, is no easy task, as Columbia can attest. Columbia held strong for most of the first half, as the score was tied heading into the final three minutes before halftime. Then the Gauchos scored two quick goals, taking the air out of the Lions and propelling UC Santa Barbara to victory.

Columbia 0, Loyola Maryount 0
After Loyola Marymount handed Harvard its first loss of the season just two days earlier, Columbia fought its way to a scoreless tie against the hosts. Despite the score both teams had chances, as Loyola Marymount registered a season high 21 shots to Columbia’s 11 — but both goalies combined to make just five saves.

Yale traveled to Dartmouth this weekend and fell to St. Francis 2-0 before knocking off UW Wisconsin-Milwaukee 3-1 to earn their first win of the season.

Yale 0, St. Francis 2
St. Francis jumped out to an early lead in the 10th minute on a shot that ricocheted off the far post and in, and the Red Flash never looked back. While Yale outshot St. Francis 12-7, Red Flash goalie Brad Williams made five saves to Yale goalie Dwayne Whylly’s two.

Yale 3, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1
The Bulldogs turned it around in a big way on Sunday, earning their first win against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, scoring three unanswered goals. After yielding a goal with just 1:03 into the game, Yale answered five minutes later with the equalizer. Tyler Guse scored his first of two goals on the day on a free kick from 20 yards out. Brad Rose scored his first career goal in the 28th minute on a hard shot that hit the post and rolled in. Guse added an insurance goal in the 60th minute on a corner kick to help secure Yale’s first win.

Princeton also traveled to California — northern California, however — to play in the Stanford Nike Invitational, dropping both games against Stanford, 3-1, and #24 California Berkley, 2-1.

Princeton 1, Stanford 3
Princeton was outshot 16-5 by Stanford, who was led by Dan Shapiro’s two goals and Bobby Warshaw’s goal and assist. The Cardinal went ahead 1-0 in the 27th minute on Shapiro’s first goal, a shot to the far post after he received a pass from Warshaw. Shapiro scored again 5:43 into the second half on a rebound, but Princeton answered with its lone goal from freshman Teddy Schneider shortly after. Just five minutes later, however, Warshaw notched an insurance goal for the Cardinals.

Princeton 2, California Berkley 1
Princeton outshot the No. 24 team in the country by more than 2 to 1 and Teddy Schneider scored for the second straight game — all this was not enough as a disallowed goal with just four minutes left sealed the game for UC Berkley. Princeton, in its first trip to California ever, fell behind 0-2 early but fought its way back with an apparent game-tying goal with just four minutes remaining, but an offsides call negated the goal and the Tigers never mounted another chance.

Penn 1, Lehigh 1
Penn stayed on the East coast this weekend, battling Lehigh to a 1-1 tie at home on Saturday. Lehigh struck first in the sixth minute on a goal from Kyle Evans, who has 13 points in just 6 games this season. Penn fought hard the rest of the half and into the second half, as both teams had numerous chances, with neither being able to capitalize. In the 71st minute, Penn found the back of the net on an Alex Fairman header on a pass from Alex Grendi