M. SOCCER | Tough test ahead for Elis

The men’s soccer team wants to end its final road trip of the season on a good note Saturday when it heads to Providence, R.I. The Bulldogs (3–10-2, 1–3–1 Ivy) are looking to get revenge for a frustrating 2–1 loss to the No. 17 Bears (10–3–2, 2–2–1 Ivy) last year.

Last season, the Bulldogs came out strong and were first to hit the net at minute 4:12. Midfielder Scott Armbrust ’13 knocked in a cross from captain and midfielder Andy Shorten ’11 to give the home team the lead. But it was a crushing end for the Bulldogs as the Bears were able to put away two tallies, the last of which came in the final 10 minutes to secure the win.

The Elis are coming off a 0–0 tie last week against Columbia at home. After a promising offensive effort against the Lions last week, the Bulldogs are looking to capitalize on scoring opportunities Saturday night.

“We’ll try to replicate the performance we had against Columbia [where] we did well both offensively and defensively,” Shorten said. “We were definitely more aggressive and dangerous up top which we will definitely try to bring to Brown this weekend.”

For the Bears and the Elis there is no such thing as a home-team advantage — the visiting team has come away with the win in each of the past four contests. The Bulldogs are hoping this trend continues when they travel to Brown, but they said they know they will have a tough match in the No. 17 Bears.

“We’ve had some tough matches against Brown,” Shorten said. “We beat them there a couple years ago and then they beat us here last year. It’s always pretty competitive and a heated game because it comes late in the season. We’re excited to get after it.”

Brown, ranked third in the Ivy League, is coming off one of just two losses in 15 games played. The Bears dropped a 1–0 decision to Penn last week. They have outscored their opponents 23–6, and their only two Ivy losses have been against Princeton and Penn, who are tied for first place.

Yale goalie Bobby Thalman ’13 hasn’t allowed a goal since an Oct. 9th game against Dartmouth, and has posted back-to-back shutouts. The seniors will play their final road game at Stevenson Field on Saturday night, where the Bulldogs have won the last two meetings. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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