NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore midfielder Ross McGibney (Dublin, Ireland) scored two goals to lead the Southern Connecticut State University men’s soccer team past Bentley University, 2-0. With the win the Owls improve to 9-2 on the season, and 8-2 in the NE-10, while Bentley drops to 6-2-2 on the year, 3-1-2 in the NE-10.
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RIDGE, N.H. - The Southern Connecticut State University men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 11 Franklin Pierce in a Northeast-10 Conference game Saturday night. With the win Franklin Pierce improved to 7-1 on the season, and 5-0 in the NE-10, while the Owls drop to 7-2 on the year, 5-2 in the NE-10.
Following 49:45 of scoreless soccer, Amory Houghton received a cross pass in front of the net from Paul Latif, and jumped and kneed in the lone goal of the game to put Franklin Pierce ahead, 1-0.
Ravens goaltender Vinny Papagourgiou made three saves to record a shutout in the win.
Junior goalkeeper Andrew Esposito (East Haven, Conn.) made three saves for SCSU.
The Owls recorded two shots on goal in the second half, but were unable to score the equalizer.
SCSU returns to action when they host inner-state rival Bridgeport on Wednesday night
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Thanks to three straight wins to open the 2010 season, the Southern Connecticut State University men’s soccer team has jumped into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll. A week after falling into the others receiving votes classification, the Owls are ranked No. 25 in this week’s poll.
Southern Connecticut is also ranked No. 4 in the East region poll.
The Owls are back in action on Saturday when they travel to St. Michael’s.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a week of improbable comebacks, including Cornell scoring three goals in a span of 3:40 to earn a win after facing a two-goal deficit versus Hartwick, and overtime thrillers that featured several notable performances by Ivy League goalkeepers, it is only fitting that Brown’s senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, Maine) has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Grandstrand led the Bears to a 1-0-2 record on the week and recorded three shutouts. While the upperclassmen starred in net for the likes of Brown, Penn and Cornell, a pair of freshmen earned Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week honors for their offensive prowess as Columbia’s Henning Sauerbier (Dueren, Germany) and Cornell’s Daniel Haber (Toronto, Ontario) each notched a goal an assist last week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Grandstrand led the Bears to a 1-0-2 record last week by recording three shutouts. With two of Brown’s three games ending in ties, Grandstrand played 310:00 minutes and stopped all 13 shots he faced. His week began by shutting out the Providence College Friars in a 0-0 draw that saw the senior make five saves. Next, Grandstrand turned aside five more shots in Brown’s 1-0 win against South Carolina. He then finished out the week by making 3 saves in the Bears’ 0-0 draw with Hofstra. His performances against South Carolina and Hofstra enabled the Bears to be named Co-Champions of the 2010 Brown Soccer Classic.
Grandstrand and the Bears have not allowed a goal four games into the 2010 season, and his four shutouts give him 17 for his collegaite career. He is Brown’s first Ivy League Player of the Week since Sean Rosa shared the honor on Oct. 12, 2009.
CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Sauerbier tallied a goal and an assist over two games, helping Columbia claim the Mayor’s Cup trophy with a win and a tie at the annual event. The German forward was an ironman in Friday’s game against Hartwick, playing all 110 minutes of a 2-2 draw. Sauerbier began his offensive assault in the second half against the Hawks, when he made a run in the 47th minute that resulted in a penalty kick being called. The Lions converted on the ensuing PK chance, and Sauerbier would be the set-up man on the Lions’ second goal that tied the game at 2-2. Then on Sunday, Sauerbier scored the game-winning goal against Syracuse in the 21st minute. The goal was the first of his career. Sauerbier is the first Lion to earn Rookie of the Week accolades since defender Tom Heinbockel earned the honor on Oct. 18, 2004.
Haber played a key role in helping the Big Red to a 1-1-1 mark on the week, collecting all three of his points in the Big Red’s stunning comeback win against Hartwick on Monday night. He scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winner as the Big Red struck for three goals in the span of 3:40 to rally from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Hawks. Haber started all three matches the Big Red played during the week and led the Big Red with 10 shots in three contests. He becomes Cornell’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since October 12, 2009, when Ben Kenyon earned the honor.
THE HONOR ROLL
Ben Berg, Penn, Sr., GK (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.)
2-2 GP/GS, 188:18 min,. 2 GA, 0.956 GAA, 12 SVS, .857 SV%, 0 SHO, 2-0-0
Teo Larsson-Sax, Dartmouth, So., D (Kalmar, Sweden)
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 0 A, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Nick Scott, Columbia, So., MF (Newcastle, England)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
Zack Wolfenzon, Harvard, So., F (San Diego, Calif.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shot, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League women's soccer got off to a solid start last week with the eight sides combining for an 8-7-1 record. All eight sides earned a win during opening weekend while Harvard remained undefeated with a shutout of New Hampshire and a tie against Long Island. Yale, meanwhile, picked up perhaps the biggest win of the weekend, a 1-0 upset of No. 16 Penn State.
The second week of women’s soccer action begins Wednesday, Sept. 8 with Columbia and Brown heading out on the road to Iona and Boston College, respectively. Thursday, Yale plays at Connecticut while the bulk of the action gets underway on Friday with six sides take to the pitch.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward Becky Brown (Lawrenceville, N.J.) scored the only goal of Yale’s season-opener, leading the Bulldogs to a stunning upset of No. 16 Penn State on Sept. 3. The victory was the program’s first ever over a Big Ten opponent and marked the second consecutive season the Bulldogs opened play with a win.
The Nittany Lions contained Brown, last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year, for most of the first half, but she broke though early in the second. Enma Mullo sent a long pass forward to Brown, who got behind the defense, broke in alone on Penn State goalkeeper Krissy Tribbett and slipped a shot just inside the far post. It was the 26th goal of Brown’s career, 13 shy of Elizabeth Traver’s school record. Brown was dangerous again in hard-fought 1-0 loss to Illinois (Sept. 5), who received votes in the most recent NSCAA national poll, released Aug. 31. She finished with a team high four shots, all of which were on goal.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman midfielder Mary Keroack (Marblehead, Mass.) stormed onto the scene in her first weekend of play for Cornell, tallying a pair of first-half goals in the Big Red’s 7-0 win against Delaware State (Sept. 5). Keroack scored the third and fourth of the game as Cornell jumped out to a six-goal lead at halftime. She entered the game in the 14th minute and wasted no time recording her first collegiate points. At the 16:23 mark Keroack found the back of the net following a cross by Rachel Nichols. Just under seven minutes later Nichols and Keroack teamed up again to give Cornell a 4-0 lead.
Keroack came off the bench in the Big Red’s season opener on Sept. 3, a 2-1 loss to Delaware. She is one of three Ivies to score two goals during opening weekend of play and is tied with three others to lead the league with four points.
Erika Lum (Brown, SR, MF/F) -- 2-2 GP/GS, 2G, 0A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG
Katherine Sheeleigh (Harvard, SR, F) -- 2-2 GP/GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 10 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG
Caitlin Blosser (Princeton, SO, MF) -- 2-2 GP/GS, 0G, 3A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG
Peyton Johnson (Harvard, FR, MF/D) -- 2-2 GP/GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG
Jessica Schloth (Yale, FR, MF) -- 2-2 GP/GS, 0G, 1A, 1 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG
Wednesday, September 8
Columbia at Iona, 3 pm
Brown at Boston College, 7 pm
Thursday, September 9
Yale at Connecticut, 7 pm
Friday, September 10
1 - Cornell vs. St. Bonaventure, 4:30 pm
2 - St. Joseph’s at Penn, 6 pm
Harvard at UCF, 7 pm
Hartford at Princeton, 7 pm
Fordham at Columbia, 7 pm
Dartmouth at San Diego, 10 pm
Saturday, September 11
Monmouth at Brown, 2 pm
Sunday, September 12
Harvard at South Florida, Noon
James Madison at Princeton, Noon
1 - Cornell vs. Seton Hall, Noon
2 - Dayton at Penn, Noon
Yale at Duke, 1 pm
Stony Brook at Columbia, 1 pm
Dartmouth at Pepperdine, 4 pm
1 - Raider Invitational (Hamilton, NY)
2 - Penn Invitational (Philadephia, PA)
September 2, 2010 - BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Senior Harry Appiah (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored the only goal of the game just 2:32 into play as the Southern Connecticut State University men’s soccer team was able to secure a 1-0 win over Felician in the season opener for both teams on Thursday.
Appiah’s tally came off an assist from fellow classmate Victor Hernandez (Rye Brook, N.Y.).
The Owls held a 14-7 advantage in the shots on goal department, including an 8-3 margin in the opening half.
Southern keeper Chris Rybacki (Putnam, Conn.) turned away three shots to record the shutout for the Owls.
SCSU returns to action on Saturday when it takes on Caldwell.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Southern Connecticut State University men’s soccer coach Tom Lang has announced that senior Victor Hernandez (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and junior Paul Templeton (Saltcoats, Scotland) will serve as team captains for the Owls this fall.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight Ivy League women’s soccer teams take to the pitch this week, kicking off the 2010 season. Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn and Yale all host their season openers on Friday, Sept. 3. Princeton travels to in-state rival, Rutgers, while Brown and Columbia travel to take part in tournament action.
Yale and Princeton headline the slate of season-openers by each taking on a Top 25 opponent. The Bulldogs host preseason No. 11 Penn State at 7 p.m. Friday at Reese Stadium. The Tigers, meanwhile, face preseason No. 18 Rutgers, also at 7 p.m.
Friday, September 3
1 - Brown vs. Northeastern, 4:30 pm
2 - Columbia vs. Central Conn. State, 5 pm
Long Island at Harvard, 7 pm
Penn State at Yale, 7 pm
Princeton at Rutgers, 7 pm
Towson at Penn, 7 pm
1 - Colgate at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Delaware at Cornell, 7 pm
Sunday, September 5
Illinois at Yale, Noon
1 - Brown vs. Colgate, Noon
Harvard at New Hampshire, 1 pm
Seton Hall at Princeton, 1 pm
Delaware State at Cornell, 1 pm
2 - Columbia at Hartford, 1 pm
1 - Northeastern at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm
Villanova at Penn, 7:30 pm
1 - Dartmouth Nike Invitational (Hanover, NH)
2 - Soccer Excellence Tourney (Hartford, CT)
PRINCETON, N.J. –- The 56th season of Ivy League men's soccer begins this weekend as all eight Ivy League schools open their respective schedules with non-conference games. Brown University has the honor of kicking things off for the Ivies as the Bears open the season with a 3:30 p.m. match on Friday, Sept. 3 versus Bryant University in the first round of the inaugural Ocean State Soccer Classic. In the semifinal round of the four-team tournament, Brown will then play host to the consolation and championship matches on Monday, Sept. 6. Elsewhere on Friday, the Penn Quakers open their season with local bragging rights on the line as they face Saint Joseph’s at 7:30 p.m.
HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men’s soccer team was selected to finish second in the 2010 Northeast Conference Coaches’ Preseason Poll. After advancing to the NEC championship game last season for the first time in school history, the Bobcats appear poised for another deep run into post-season play. Sophomore standout Philip Surprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) looks to lead Quinnipiac’s offensive charge this season.
“We are all very excited to begin our 2010 campaign” Head Coach Eric De Costa said. “2009 was a fantastic season filled with many milestones and we hope to take it a few steps further this coming fall. We will face our most challenging schedule to date and once conference play begins, our squad will be well-tested. We have a veteran group of players returning, our boys will be prepared to compete and ready to overcome the challenges ahead.”
Monmouth, with 10 first-place votes, was the unanimous selection to repeat as NEC champions, followed by Quinnipiac, who received the one remaining first-place vote. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their team. Farleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Mount St. Mary’s rounded out the top five. Sacred Heart, Saint Francis (Pa.), Long Island, Central Connecticut State, Robert Morris and Bryant made up for the bottom half of the division.
In 2009, the Bobcats finished third in the league for the second consecutive season and matured tremendously in the eyes of De Costa. The Bobcats featured one of the top defensive units, allowing only 16 conference goals all year.
Surprise is coming off an impressive freshman season, after he led the team with 16 points and seven goals. Both figures ranked sixth and fifth in the NEC, respectively. He collected adidas/ NEC Rookie Of The Week honors in consecutive weeks and scored three game-winning goals throughout the year.
The Bobcats return All-Conference senior defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) and senior Tolle Staffanson (Goteborg, Sweden) to a veteran defensive unit, that ranked second in the NEC with 10 shutouts. With four goals, Soubrier led all Bobcat defenders in goals and points. Staffanson and Soubrier both averaged over 90 minutes of field time per game, a testament to their durability and success on the pitch.
Senior Dominic Adams (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago) and junior Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) are experienced midfielders who expect to see extensive playing time.
Quinnipiac opens the regular season with a home contest on Saturday, Sept. 4th against Boston College. The Bobcats play their next three games on the road, beginning with its first away match against Hartford on Tuesday, Sept. 7th. The team then plays Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 11th and Providence the following Saturday, Sept. 18th.
The men return home on Tuesday, Sept. 21st against Yale and travel to Stony Brook on Saturday, Sept. 26th.
Conference play begins on home turf Friday, Oct. 1st in a highly anticipated contest against Monmouth. Quinnipiac then hosts Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday, Oct. 3rd. The team travels on an important three game stretch, playing road games against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday, Oct. 8th, Robert Morris on Sunday, Oct. 10th and Bryant on Friday, Oct 15th.
The men return home to play their final non-conference game of the season in a contest against New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday, Oct. 17th. The Bobcats then host Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 22nd and Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, Oct. 24th.
The team plays their final two regular season away matches against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Friday, Oct. 29th and Long Island on Sunday, Oct. 31st. The squad will finish regular season play at home against Central Connecticut State on Friday, Nov. 5th.