The No. 19 Dartmouth men’s soccer team hosts Cornell this Saturday afternoon in a final home game of Ivy League play and celebrates senior day.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is coming off a 2-1 loss to Princeton on the road last weekend, and are sitting lower in the conference standings with a 2-2-1 Ivy record. Tommy Hansan is leading the offense with five goals and Tyler Bagley is leading the team in assists with four. Ryan Shellow and Mitchell Meyer have split time at keeper this season for the Big Red, recording a combined 46 saves with 22 goals allowed and a save percentage of .676 and three shutouts.
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
Last November the Big Green traveled to take down Cornell 1-0 on the road. Both teams entered halftime scoreless and three minutes into the second period Henry Baldwin connected on a corner kick from former Dartmouth player Matt Greer to score and eventually take the win. The Big Green holds the series lead 37-28-5 and has won the last three meetings against the Big Red.
LAST TIME OUT
In last weekend’s match at Harvard, Dartmouth took a season-high 30 shots but was unable to get a shot into the goal until senior Matt Danilack scored in the 89th minute on a bicycle kick and took the win. His game-winning goal earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors for the week of October 30.
SENIOR’S SHINING MOMENT
Following Saturday’s game, the four seniors on the squad will be honored for their time playing in the Green and White. Danilack will be joined by Yima Asom and fellow captains Tyler Dowse and Wyatt Omsberg.
This week the Big Green moved up to No. 19 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and improved to 16th in the NCAA RPI rankings. At the top of the Ivy League overall, members of the squad als lead in several categories. Junior Eduvie Ikoba is tied for first in the conference in goals with seven and goals per game with a .50 average, while junior Justin Donawa leads the league in assists with eight and assists per game with 0.57.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Freshman goalkeeper Christopher Palacios is nearing the end of a successful freshman campaign. The Arlington, Virginia native has a 9-2-1 record with only nine goals allowed posting a 0.69 goals against average with 20 saves and a .690 save percentage and seven shutouts. He is first in the conference in shutouts per game and second in goals against average as well as save percentage.
Dartmouth will wrap up regular season play next Saturday with a match at Brown in Providence, R.I. at 5 p.m.