Ivy Opener Brings Visit From Harvard

Ryan Matteo (Steve Musco photo)
Ryan Matteo (Steve Musco photo)

Teams Played Spirited 3-3 Tie Last Year In Cambridge

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale kicks off Ivy League play when Harvard comes to Reese Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m., the start of a busy day of soccer between the Bulldogs and the Crimson. The women's teams meet at 7 p.m. In addition to the Ivy League Network, the game can be viewed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Here are some notes on the matchup:

* The Bulldogs (3-4) are playing at home for the first time since a 1-0 win over Hartford back on Sept. 6. Yale is 2-1 at Reese this season.

* Yale is coming off an impressive 1-0 victory at Saint Joseph's last Saturday. Kyle Kenagy scored the only goal of the game, which earned him a spot on this week's Ivy League Honor Roll.

* All three of Yale's victories have come by shutout.

* Four different players have scored goals for the Bulldogs this season. Kenagy and John Leisman share the team lead with two goals apiece.

* Yale and Harvard played a spirited 3-3 tie in Cambridge last year. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Crimson responded with three straight goals. Henry Flugstad-Clarke, though, tied the score with less than four minutes remaining. Kenagy and Leisman also scored for Yale. The result was Harvard's only blemish in Ivy play before its season was ended prematurely.

* Yale has opened Ivy League play against Harvard in every season since 2008.

* Overall, the Crimson lead the series 53-41-14. The Bulldogs' last victory came in 2013.

SCOUTING HARVARD

The Crimson (1-5-1) is coming off a 2-0 home loss to Vermont on Tuesday. Harvard's victory came on the road, 2-1 at Providence on Sept. 9. The Crimson's four goals have come from four different players. Kyle Parks has started the majority of games in goal, including earning the win at Providence. Pieter Lehrer is in his fifth season as the head coach at Harvard.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Bulldogs are back at Reese Stadium next Saturday, hosting Dartmouth at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity