Though the defending Ivy men’s soccer champion finds itself in an unfamiliar position with a two-game losing streak after a 1-0 loss to Penn on Saturday, the Big Red (6-2-2, 0-1 Ivy) has been doing most things right. Its only challenge lately has been its inability to consistently put the ball in the net, as the team was shut out by Niagara University a week earlier—the Big Red’s first loss to a nonconference team since 2011. Still, Cornell’s reputation keeps it in the top spot this week.
The Lions (5-2-1, 0-0-1 Ivy) grinded through two overtimes to a 2-2 tie with Brown on Senior Day. Columbia, which has outscored its opponents 15-8 this season, responded to an early two-goal deficit with consecutive goals from senior Will Stamatis and first-year Andrew Tinari, but couldn’t find the net again to break the draw.
In its Ivy opener, Brown (3-5-2, 0-0-1 Ivy) tied Columbia 2-2. After a strong start offensively, the Bears’ focus shifted to defense, making only three shots through the second half and both overtimes, but fended off 15 shots to hold Columbia to two goals. The Bears are playing mostly first-years and sophomores, and though they don’t have a good record, they have had a tough schedule that included two top-10 teams.
The Big Green (4-1-4 0-1 Ivy) dropped its Ivy opener to Princeton 2-1 after starting off the season with an eight-game unbeaten streak, which keeps the Big Green in the top half of the list. Dartmouth lacked any offensive presence, making only two shots throughout the game.
The Tigers (3-5 1-0 Ivy) triumphed over the previously unbeaten Dartmouth, 2-1. Junior Cameron Porter’s header in the game’s 67th minute clinched the win for Princeton and earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors for the second straight week.
In what was somewhat of a surprise to open Ivy play, Penn (4-6, 1-0 Ivy) shut out Cornell 1-0. While the Quakers lead the Ancient Eight in scoring, their defense secured this victory. Making his debut in Ivy League play, sophomore goalkeeper Max Polkinhorne recorded seven saves to blank the Big Red.
A goal with 40 seconds left in regulation lifted the Bulldogs (2-6 1-0 Ivy) over Harvard and earned sophomore Henos Musie both Ivy League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors. Both of Yale’s scores in the 2-1 victory came in the final three minutes of the game.
Harvard (1-6-2 0-1 Ivy) prolonged its lackluster start to the season in a close loss to Yale for its Ivy opener. The Crimson—last in the conference in goals scored—continued to struggle offensively and was outshot 16-6 by the Bulldogs.