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Yannick Pilgrim
« on: October 11, 2009, 07:17:59 AM »
Davidson Pulls Off 4-1 Upset Win Over No. 9 Duke
Oct. 7, 2009


DAVIDSON, N.C. - Two goals in the first eight minutes proved to be the difference as the Davidson men’s soccer team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the second time this season, downing No. 6 Duke, 4-1 on Tuesday night in front of 1,487 fans in Alumni Stadium.

Junior forward Yannick Pilgrim (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) led the scoring effort with two goals, including the game-winner. Freshman Brian McGue (Dublin, Ohio) and Southern Conference scoring leader Charlie Reiter (Westport, Conn.) also registered a goal each.

“Yannick showed his class again tonight,” said head coach Matt Spear. “He is just dynamite. His pace and his finishing are surreal. He had one of those games where you just couldn’t catch him.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Chip Sanders (Thomasville, Ga.) made two saves as the Davidson defense fended off 19 shots from Duke’s attack.

Davidson (9-1-0) has now beaten two nationally-ranked teams in the same season for the first time since 2004. On Sept. 25 this season, the Wildcats beat then-No. 25 South Carolina by the same 4-1 score at home. The win extends Davidson’s winning streak to seven games and keeps them on track to match the 10-1 start to the 1990 season.

“I went into this game thinking we could win because the guys have played so well and have come so far already this season,” said Spear. “They just believe that their way, their system, and their patterns are working so precisely, and so sharply, that they can win every single game.”

Duke’s three-match winning streak in the series was halted. Davidson had last beat Duke in 2003 by a score of 2-0 at home.

Duke (7-3-0) entered the match coming off wins over the defending Southern Conference regular season champions, Elon, and the defending nation champions, then-No. 2 Maryland. Soccer America ranked the Blue Devils sixth in the country in a poll released on Monday, while the National Soccer Coaches Association of America ranked them eighth in a poll released on Tuesday. Davidson received votes in the NSCAA poll to effectively rank them 28th.

Davidson got on the scoreboard just three minutes into the match off a corner kick from senior forward Reiter. Reiter placed the ball along the goal line where McGue was able find it through traffic and head it in for his first career goal.

The ‘Cats struck again five minutes later. Sophomore defender Garrett Bostwick (Cary, N.C.) sent a lead pass up the right flank that appeared to be intended for McGue. The ball slipped past McGue near the top of the 18-yard box, but Pilgrim streaked in and beat a Duke defender to the ball. Pilgrim dribbled in to the six-yard box near the right post and beat freshman goalkeeper James Belshaw to the far-post side.

“I read the dummy from Brian McGue, and I saw it clean on to the goal,” said Pilgrim “I knew that if I just beat the defender in front of me, I could get the shot off and get it. I just took a hard shot towards the left post and hoped for the best, and it went in.”

“When you put a team on their heels like that early, it is hard for them to recover,” said Spear. “The early goals were an enormous lift for us. They got Duke out of their rhythm and tempo, and had them playing catch-up throughout the match. The early start was tremendous.”

Duke responded though as Matthew Thomas headed the ball in off a corner kick from Cole Grossman to cut the Wildcats’ lead in half at 24:37.

Davidson secured the win though in the second half after adding a pair of goals.

In the 12th minute of the half, junior Josh Zipin (Silver Spring, Md.) took a shot from the center of the field, 15-yards out, which was saved by Belshaw. Belshaw was not able to control the rebound off his diving save, and Reiter found the ball to the left of the net for the score.

The save was Belshaw’s only one in the match. Davidson got off 11 shots total.

Pilgrim put the match out of reach at 76:09, stealing the ball from a Duke defender and dribbling in to the left of the six-yard box. Pilgrim then bounced a shot off the inside of the far-post for the goal, which was his seventh of the season.

“It’s good to show ranked teams that Davidson is a dangerous place this year,” said Pilgrim after the game. “Teams in past years wouldn’t respect us, but this year we are showing them that we are scoring goals and that we are going for everyone.”

“Our guys just had that spirit about them that this game was going to be ours,” said Spear. “Soccer is a game that is all about the players on the field. Tonight it was all them connecting the dots on the field for the win. Beating Duke is a tremendous accomplishment that also means a great deal to our alumni and fans. I am thrilled that our players were able to deliver such a big win for them.”

The Wildcats will resume their conference schedule with a trip to Elon on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. match. Davidson will host conference foes Appalachian State (Oct. 14) and Furman (Oct. 17) next week. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. in Alumni Stadium.

Notes: Reiter remains the team’s scoring leader with 21 points (7g, 7a) … The win was Davidson’s eighth over Duke in 42 all-time matches … Duke prevailed by 2-0 scores in both 2007 and 2008 and also won in 2006, 3-1 … The teams did not meet in 2004 and 2005 … Street Soccer 945, a soccer program for the homeless originally founded by Davidson men’s soccer alumnus Lawrence Cann, played an exhibition match at halftime … A portion of the proceeds from the game went to benefit the Charlotte Street Soccer USA team
"How do you feel when you win 6-love twice? --- Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, delivering a domino reference with a straight bat, upon being asked how it felt to have prevailed 30-0 in consecutive parliamentary elections.

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Re: Yannick Pilgrim
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009, 07:22:09 AM »
Is it too late to include Yannick in de squad against Mexico?

Ah mean....a dynamite forward with pace & surreal finishing ability?  He bong to score against Mexico.
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Re: Yannick Pilgrim
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009, 11:37:51 AM »
rope een de youthman now oui...
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009, 11:38:44 AM »
Is it too late to include Yannick in de squad against Mexico?

Ah mean....a dynamite forward with pace & surreal finishing ability?  He bong to score against Mexico.

You joking right palos? Those attributes he has are relative to where he's playing, would he be described as such in the EPL? The difference between college football and full international football is enormous. Few are able to translate playing a good and effective under less pressure to doing so under the greatly heightened pressure of international football or even more so a bigger league like the EPL or La Liga. Only through intensely hard work and mental focus, among other factors -like being developed in an environment of high football standards, though being more mentally focus and working even harder could make up for this( but of course it's much harder and therefore rarer)-, could one achieve this.

I really wish this Yannick fella the best though and it'll be nice if he could turn out to be a good player for us.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2009, 11:46:32 AM »
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Re: Yannick Pilgrim
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2009, 11:55:21 AM »
Is it too late to include Yannick in de squad against Mexico?

Ah mean....a dynamite forward with pace & surreal finishing ability?  He bong to score against Mexico.
He under 20? Because if he under 20, he cyah be any worse than who we have now.

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2009, 11:56:33 AM »
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Re: Yannick Pilgrim
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2009, 06:37:51 PM »

#8 Yannick Pilgrim
Position: Forward
Height: 6-0
Weight: 153
Class: Junior
Hometown: Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
High School: Hotchkiss School
Club Team: FC Santa Rosa


Quotes from the Coach: “Yannick is an explosive attacker with great speed and creative dribbling. He had an excellent 2009 spring training in which his timing, connection with teammates, and playmaking all accelerated. He can ignite our offensive flow and scoring potential. You won’t meet a more humble guy than Yannick, so we are looking to boost him with the confidence that successful strikers must have."


Prep / Personal: Leading scorer for club team ... Made soccer trips to Curacao and Suriname ... Connecticut All-State Team ... New England All Star Game ... Also ran track for high school team ... High school teammate of current Davidson player Machel Turner ... English major.


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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2009, 07:34:13 PM »
So ... Davidson can produce NBA players, but not MLS players?
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2009, 07:46:45 PM »
peter palos catch with an arrow special

lol

Peter like u new to the site, i was waiting on plaos to ketch somebody...like u eh know palos real idle... :beermug:

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2009, 07:57:44 PM »
peter palos catch with an arrow special

lol

Peter like u new to the site, i was waiting on plaos to ketch somebody...like u eh know palos real idle... :beermug:

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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2009, 08:37:01 PM »
Check out the parody video with Yannick and some other Davidson athletes. If soccer doesn't work out d man have a rap career.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGQID66agH4
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2009, 09:22:27 PM »
Is it too late to include Yannick in de squad against Mexico?

Ah mean....a dynamite forward with pace & surreal finishing ability?  He bong to score against Mexico.

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Re: Yannick Pilgrim
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2009, 06:01:44 PM »
Check out the parody video with Yannick and some other Davidson athletes. If soccer doesn't work out d man have a rap career.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGQID66agH4


Good reveal.



Had to pause it to realise iz dis he sporting in de vid towards de end ... gotta love it, the sixth star soon come. Brasil sextacampeon!
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2009, 06:09:50 PM »
Ah meet this youth man before during a high school game while he was at Hotchkiss, had some decent touches in that game on a heavy outfield and was carrying an injury too boot.  Would be very good if he continues to develop his game and increase our player pool....
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