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With the Ivy League football race turning into a madhouse of upsets and disappointments, it's refreshing to see that the Ivy soccer standings remain virtually unchanged this week, and that the battle for the Ivy crown is boiling down to just two teams, Harvard and Pean.
The Crimson blanked Princeton, 5-0, and the Quakers shut out Yale, 8-0, to stay deadlocked at the top with 4-0-1 records and 9 points each. Brown, the only team that seemed to have a shot at the front-runners last week, saw its title hopes dashed Saturday by Cornell, 4-1. Both the Bruins and the Big Red are tied for second with 3-2 records and 6 points.
Early in the season. Yale had been routed as one of the best defensive squads in the league, and up until Saturday had allowed just seven goals in four games Penn however, disproved this theory by scoring goals in the first half, in their was to an 80 mauling of the His at Franklin Field.
The Quakers's leading scorer John Burke, chipped in three goals and an assist for four points and a share of the number two scoring spot in the league along with teammate Steve Haumann Haumann tallied twice and had two assists in the game. The other Penn goals were scored by Dick Fenimore and Don Pritchard.
Yale's inability to keep Burke and Haumann off the scoreboard allowed the two Quakers to break up Harvards Big Three of Papagianis Hinze and Adeden who had dominated the first three spots in the individual scoring stats most of the season.
Papagiants who got in a goal and an assist against Princeton remains on top with to points Hinze, however managed only two assists to drop him into third place behind the two Penn players Adeden was unable to play against the ligers due to an injury, and thus tell to a tie for fourth along with Chris Agoltan Cornell each with seven points.
Agoltan moved into the ranks of the top five scorers with a three goals performance against Brown pacing Cornell to a 41 victory. With the game knotted in the first half on goals by Victor Huerta of Cornell and Ferdinand of Brown Agohalt exploited to drive home all three of his goals in the span of 13 minutes.
Brown outshot the Big Red 334 but couldn't seem to get many shots on target Cornell goalie Bruce Arena was forced to make just eight saves, while the combined netminding force of Mike Hampden and Paul Neary stopped nine shots. While Neary played only part of the game he held Cornell scoreless and remains the league's leading goalie having allowed only three goals in four games for a 75 average.
Penn's goalie Jim Miller, who matched his second shutout of the season Saturday stands second in the league with a .80 average. Crimson netminder, Steve Kidder, holds third with a 120 goals against average Kidder, who also recorded his second shutout Saturday has allowed just three goals in his last four games.
In the only other game in the league Dartmouth downed hapless Columbia 5-0. The Big Green is now tied with Yale for third, but both teams are well out of it with just four points each Columbia has yet to win Ivy League contest and has scored a more seven goals while allowing 25. (Harvard on the other hand has scored 25 and let in only seven).
So it's shaping up to be a two team race with both Penn and Harvard looking to win their last two loss matches Although Brown and Cornell aren't out of it mathematically they would have to win both of their remaining games, while Penn and Harvard were each losing twice, in order to grab the title.
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