Pictured: Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Harms makes a play on
the ball late in the game to preserve the shutout win.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot.
DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman forward Brian
Rogers tallied a goal in the 60th minute and goalkeeper Austin
Harms recorded his third shutout of the year to lead the No. 6
Harvard men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at New Hampshire
Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson improves to 6-0 on
the season, matching the program’s best start since 2007.
After each team fired three shots each on net in the first half without scoring, the Crimson connected on its third shot on goal in the second. Adam Rousmaniere had a shot blocked by UNH goalkeeper Colin O’Connell, but Rogers was there to stuff home the rebound to give Harvard the lead at 59:59. Rousmaniere earned the assist on Rogers’s fourth goal of the season. Rogers has now tallied the game-winning score two games in a row.
In the final minutes, the Wildcats had three chances to tie the game, but kicks by Chris Banks and Joe Annese were blocked by the Crimson defense, and another by Marcus Barr sailed wide of the cage. Harms made three saves to earn the blank sheet, while O’Connell stopped five shots in net for UNH (2-4-1). The Crimson earned all three of its corner kicks in the second half and owned a 12-11 advantage in shots for the game.
Up next, Harvard will face its second ranked opponent this season as the team visits No. 3 Wake Forest. The Crimson and Demon Deacons will meet Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.