Pictured: Ben Tsuda and the Crimson are 6-1 on the
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After suffering its first loss of the season Sept. 26 at then-No. 3 Wake Forest, the eighth-ranked Harvard men’s soccer team looks to grab its first Ivy League win of the season, as the team visits Yale Saturday evening. The Crimson stands at 6-1 overall, while the Bulldogs are 2-3-2 entering the game.
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Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.
The Crimson went 1-1 last week after defeating New Hampshire, 1-0, and losing at Wake Forest, 1-0. In the win, Brian Rogers netted the game’s only goal at 59:59, while Austin Harms made one save in the loss at Wake Forest.
Harvard and Yale have played 95 times, with the Crimson holding a commanding 49-36-10 advantage in the series which dates back to 1907. Harvard has won the last three meetings, including a 1-0 victory last year at Ohiri Field on Oct. 4, 2008. In that contest, Kwaku Nyamekye buried a shot at 58:35 for the game winner. Austin Harms turned aside two shots for the shutout.
Andre Akpan, a contender for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top Division I men’s soccer player, has amassed a team-best 16 points on six goals and four assists. Brian Rogers stands second on the club with four goals and three assists for 11 points, while Desmond Mitchell (two goals, two assists) and Jamie Rees (two goals) are tied for third in goals.
Austin Harms boasts a 6-1 record in net with three shutouts and a 0.45 goals-against average. He has faced 25 shots, stopping 22 of them for a save percentage of .880.
Harvard, which owns a 3-1 record on the road, has outscored opponents, 16-3 overall, including 7-2 in road contests. The Crimson has has earned 38 corner kicks, eight more than its opposition.
The Bulldogs have dropped their last two games to Rhode Island, 2-1, in overtime Sept. 22, and Sacred Heart, 4-0, Sept. 29. Yale owns a 1-1-1 record at home, having defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 4-1, back on Sept. 19.
Scott Armbrust has netted a team-best four goals, while Brad Rose has two goals and three assists for seven points. Armbrust and Kevin Peterson have accounted for Yale’s game-winning tallies, and Andy Hackbarth is 1-for-1 on penalty kick chances.
While the Bulldogs have utilized three goalkeepers, Travis Chulick has seen most of the action and is 2-1-2 with one shutout and a 1.31 goals-against average. He also has 19 saves to his credit.
With its stellar 6-1 start to the season, the Crimson appears at No. 8 in the Soccer America national poll, No. 8 in the NSCAA poll, No. 9 in the College Soccer News ranking, No. 9 in the Soccer Times poll and No. 18 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
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Andre Akpan has scored 41 goals in his Crimson career, placing him six tallies behind Chris Ohiri ’64 for the all-time school record. Akpan already owns the Harvard record for career assists with 31 and career points with 113.
Defense Wins Games:
Through seven games this season, the Crimson has only surrendered three goals for a team goals-against average of 0.43. During that same span, Harvard has totaled 16 goals, or 2.29 per game.
For the second time this season, Austin Harms was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week Sept. 28. Harms recorded his third shutout of the season last week at New Hampshire Sept. 23 and owns a 6-1 record on the season.
After playing four straight road games, the Crimson returns home to face Holy Cross Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Ohiri Field. Game time is set for 3 p.m.