Men's soccer power rankings as compiled by the Spectator sports staff.
After Penn’s (6-6-1, 3-0-1 Ivy) 3-2 overtime victory against Yale, the team holds sole possession of first place in Ivy League men’s soccer. Jonny Dolezal tied the game at two on a header in the 86th minute, then Stephen Baker won it with a goal in the first overtime.
Harvard’s (4-7-2, 3-1 Ivy) comeback victory against the Tigers puts the Crimson in second place in the Ivy standings. In the 72nd minute, defender Ross Friedman put the ball in the box and defender Philip Fleischman scored a goal to tie the game at 1-1. Eleven minutes later, forward Daniel Smith rebounded an errant shot and scored his first goal of the season to clinch the victory.
The Bulldogs (3-9-1, 2-1-1 Ivy) fell 3-2 to Penn in overtime, marking its first loss against an Ivy opponent this season. Midfielder Henry Albrecht’s first career goal gave Yale a 1-0 toward the end of the first half. Though Penn outshot Yale 13-12, the Bulldogs had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Princeton (5-7-1, 2-1-1 Ivy) could not hold on to an early lead, falling to Harvard 2-1 on Saturday. This marked the Tigers’ first conference loss. Forward Cameron Porter’s fifth goal of the season came on a penalty kick that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. But, the Crimson came back and scored the winning goal with just seven minutes left in the contest.
The Light Blue (7-4-2, 1-1-2 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth on the road this past week. Senior forward Will Stamatis and first-year midfielder Andrew Tinari each scored goals after assists from senior midfielder David Najem in the second half of the 2-0 victory. Stamatis leads the team with five goals on the season.
Brown’s (4-6-3, 1-1-2 Ivy) defense was the key to a 1-0 victory over Cornell on Saturday. Goalkeeper Josh Weiner made four saves in the first half, when Cornell outshot Brown 10-4. With one minute left in the first half, midfielder Daniel Taylor’s pass to sophomore midfielder Tariq Akeel resulted in the lone goal of the game.
Cornell (6-4-4, 0-3-1 Ivy) continued its trend of failing to convert scoring opportunities, getting shut out by Brown 1-0. The Big Red has not won a game since defeating the University at Buffalo on Sept. 27. Though the Big Red outshot Brown 25-5 and dominated most of the game in the first half, Brown’s defense proved to be too strong for the Big Red.
Dartmouth (5-4-4, 0-4 Ivy) outshot Columbia 8-7, but could not capitalize in its 2-0 loss. Goalkeeper James Hickok made an impressive play in the first half to prevent Columbia midfielder Antonio Matarazzo from scoring but let two goals score in the second half. He recorded three saves in the loss.