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Men's Soccer Falls to Host Dartmouth 2-0 in Tournament Title Game
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

September 20, 1998

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth College men's soccer team rode a brilliant early goal from Chris Pedrick and gained a 2-0 win over 19th-ranked Stanford Sunday afternoon on Chase Field. The victory gave the Big Green the 1998 UMBRO/HYPERTHERM Men's Soccer Classic championship with a 2-0 record.

The Dartmouth-Stanford match was one of the most anticipated games on the college soccer schedule this fall, and the hype brought a crowd of 2,200 to Chase Field. In addition to pairing two of the top defenses in the country, the match brought together Big Green mentor Fran O'Leary against his predecessor as Dartmouth coach, current Stanford head coach Bobby Clark.

"If you scripted the weekend out for us prior to Saturday, I don't think you could have written it up any better," said O'Leary after the Sunday win. "We had great weather all weekend, we played well in front of a great crowd today, and we got a clean sheet against one of the top teams in the country today. It could not have been a better day for our program."

Dartmouth (3-0) and Stanford (4-2) battled to a 0-0 draw through 120 minutes in Palo Alto last year, but Pedrick quickly wiped out any notion that it would occur again on Sunday. Taking a throw-in from Brad Christof, the senior turned from 12 yards out on the right side and rifled a volley that snuck high inside the post.

The Big Green gained insurance in the second half. Off a corner kick, Brendan Reidy sent a ball toward the goal that deflected right to Chris Dedicik. The big senior had no trouble depositing it into an open goal. After that, it was up to the Dartmouth defense, which held Stanford to just 11 shots and forced goalkeeper Matt Nyman to make just one save.

"This was a terrific result for us against a fine Stanford side," said O'Leary. "As much as anything, it proves that we can compete with any team we run up against. Stanford is an excellent club, and on another day they could easily have gotten the result. But today ended up being our day -- we were worth the win."

#19 Stanford University vs. Dartmouth College

Stanford (4-2-0)   0 0 - 0
Dartmouth (3-0-0)  1 1 - 2
Scoring: D -- Chris Pedrick (Brad Christof), 4:34; D -- Chris Dedicik (Brendan Reidy, Nick Magnuson), 52:35.
Saves: STAN -- Adam Zapala, 1; D -- Matt Nyman, 1.

1998 TOURNAMENT CHAMPION
Dartmouth College

1998 TOURNAMENT OFFENSIVE MVP
Chris Dedicik, Dartmouth

1998 TOURNAMENT DEFENSIVE MVP
Bobby Meyer, Dartmouth

1998 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Evan Anderson, Pennsylvania
Gerard Davis, Stanford
Chris Dedicik, Dartmouth
Simon Elliott, Stanford
Tom Hughes, Pennsylvania
Gareth Jones, Dartmouth
Bobby Meyer, Dartmouth
Tony Piperno, BU
Brendan Reidy, Dartmouth
A.J. Sauer, Stanford
Christian Steen, BU


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