PRINCETON, N.J. -- The opening weekend of Ivy League play featured two tightly contested one-goal games and two 3-0 wins, with the home teams posting a 3-1-0 record. Harvard edged Yale, 1-0, to snap a two-game losing streak and even its record at 3-3-3 on the year. Princeton was able to put three goals on the board against Dartmouth en route to its third consecutive win. Brown extended its unbeaten streak to start the year (now 6-0-2) with a 3-0 win against Columbia. Penn earned the only road win in League play when it used a Travis Cantrell goal in the 89th minute to defeat Cornell, 1-0.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Josh Walburn had a hand in all three of Princeton’s goals as the Tigers opened the Ivy League portion of their schedule with a 3-0 shutout over Dartmouth. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate had a five-point game, the best offensive output of his career, scoring the first two goals and setting up the Tigers’ third goal.
Walburn tallied his first goal of the night in the 35th minute when he picked up an Antoine Hoppenot cross from the far side of the box. Walburn had an open net to score in as Dartmouth’s goalkeeper Sean Donovan had been anticipating a shot from Hoppenot. Walburn then made it 2-0 less than a minute into the second half, taking the wind out of Dartmouth’s sails when he sent a header off a throw in into the back of the net. In the 71st minute, Walburn nearly recorded a hat trick when his shot off of a Dylan Bowman cross was saved by Donovan. But the rebound fell to the feet of Manny Sardinha, who was able to put it away for good.
Walburn had four shots, all of which were on goal, as he was moved in the middle of the game from midfield to forward. The win marked the first over Dartmouth for Walburn and his fellow seniors as they ended the Big Green’s three-game unbeaten streak in the series. Wallburn becomes the second Tiger in a row to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, as Hoppenot earned the award last week.
Walburn’s Weekly Stats
1-1 GP/GS, 2 G, 1 A, 5 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman midfielder Henning Sauerbier helped Columbia to its first three-match winning streak since 2003, as his goal and assist helped propel the Lions to a 3-0 win over Delaware on Tuesday. Sauerbier came off the bench to set up the first goal against Delaware in the 34th minute and he added an insurance tally just six minutes into the second half. He then got the starting nod at Brown, playing 76 minutes in the Columbia midfield while getting off one shot.
The first-year currently leads the team with three goals and eight points, while ranking third in assists. He is the second Lion in as many weeks to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, as fellow midfielder David Najem won the award last week. It also marks Sauerbier’s second Rookie of the Week honor of the season, having previously shared the award on Sept. 13.
Sauerbier’s Weekly Stats
2-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Travis Cantrell, Penn, So., M (Downingtown, Pa.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Andy Hackbarth, Yale, Jr., M (Bend, Ore.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 6 Shots, 3 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-2-0
Jon Okafor, Brown, Sr., F (Verona, N.J.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 5 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Andrew Olsen, Dartmouth, Sr., F (Norwell, Mass.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 7 Shot, 3 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1-1
Scott Prozeller, Harvard, So., M (Sudbury, Mass.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
THE UPCOMING WEEK
The week of Ivy League men’s soccer kicks off on Tuesday night with Princeton and Brown looking to extend winning streaks when they play host to a pair of BIG EAST foes. The Tigers put their three game winning streak on the line versus Seton Hall, while Brown, winners of four straight and unbeaten on the year, hosts St. John’s.
On Wednesday, Harvard will play at Holy Cross and Dartmouth travels to Vermont before Saturday’s full slate of Ivy League action.
On Saturday, two of the four winners from the first weekend of League play will square off when Brown travels to Princeton. Harvard will be looking to make it two Ivy wins in a row as it hosts Cornell, who is looking to rebound from a narrow 1-0 loss to Penn. Yale and Dartmouth will each be looking for their first League win of the year when they play on Saturday night, with Columbia travelling to Penn in Saturday’s other night contest.
Tuesday, October 5
Seton Hall at Princeton -- 7 pm
No. 17 St. John’s at No. 16 Brown -- 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 6
Dartmouth at Vermont -- 3 pm
Harvard at Holy Cross -- 7 pm
Saturday, October 9
Cornell at Harvard* -- 1:30 pm
No. 16 Brown at Princeton* -- 4 pm
Yale at Dartmouth* -- 7 pm
Columbia at Penn* -- 7 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest