Men’s Soccer Wins Ivy Championship

Dartmouth

Men’s Soccer Wins Ivy Championship

Dartmouth Men’s Soccer clinched the Ivy League Championship on the favorable end of a tie-breaker with the Princeton Tigers. A goal orchestrated by the champion’s playmaking center midfielder Tyler Dowse ’18 in the 12th minute and executed by striker Alex Adelabu ‘15 set the pace for the rest of the match. The Big Green’s dominant possession and capitalization on the Brown University Bears’ weakened right flank resulted in two more goals to put the matter to bed. The win secured Dartmouth’s dominant record (11-4-2, 5-1-1 Ivy) and tied the Big Green with their rivals. Dartmouth began their successful Ivy League campaign in October with a win over the Princeton Tigers.

Midfielder Yima Asom ‘18 attributed much of his team’s success to their stellar ball movement and quality team chemistry: “There’s nothing like an early goal to invigorate the game. Dowse played a well weighted pass to Alex, and Alex was able to quickly turn and smash it in to the far corner. We knew what had to be done to win the league. By consistently building from the backfield and minimizing our turnovers, we were able to run our offense smoothly and keep our defenders rested and impermeable.  It was fundamental soccer.”

Although for now, the team can bask in their success, Asom is assured that the clubs hunger has not yet been satiated. On Thursday, Coach Chad Riley and his fundamental-focused team will enter the 48-team NCAA tournament. Dartmouth learns who its first opponent will be at 1 p.m. Monday, after this issue of The Review goes to press.