No. 8 Men's Soccer Visits Cornell in Ivy League Contest Saturday Evening
Pictured: Sophomore Baba Omosegbon and the Crimson own a 4-1
record on the road.
Courtesy: Dave Silverman
Ivy League Standings
The eighth-ranked Harvard men’s soccer team, which is off to the program’s best start since 1996 with its 8-1 record, returns to conference play, visiting Ivy League rival Cornell Saturday night at 7 p.m. Harvard (1-0 Ivy League) is coming off a 2-0 shutout win at home against Holy Cross Wednesday, while Cornell (4-3-2, 1-0) tied Penn, 2-2, Oct. 3.
Follow From Home:
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.
Last Time Out:
Ben Tsuda and Andre Akpan each netted first-half goals against Holy Cross, while Brett Conrad stopped two shots in his collegiate debut in net. With the win, Harvard improved to 4-0 at home this season.
Harvard and Cornell have played 70 times on the soccer field, and the Crimson boasts a 37-20-13 series advantage. The Crimson has won the last three games against the Big Red, including a 2-0 victory last year on Oct. 11, 2008. In that contest, Michael Fucito ’09 and John Stamatis ’09 supplied the offense with a goal apiece, while Austin Harms made six saves for the clean sheet.
The Crimson has outscored opponents, 19-3, this season, including 8-1 in the first half of games and 10-2 in the second stanza. The team is also enjoying a 51-13 advantage in corner kicks. Harvard is 4-0 at home and 4-1 in road contests.
With seven goals and five assists, Andre Akpan leads the team with 19 points. Brian Rogers, who has a Harvard-best three game-winning tallies, stands second with five goals and 13 points. Rogers is tied with Adam Rousmaniere for second with three assists. Desmond Mitchell (two goals, two assists) and Jamie Rees (two goals) are the Crimson’s other multiple goal scorers.
Austin Harms owns a 7-1 record with four shutouts this fall. He also boasts a 0.38 goals-against average and a save percentage of .880. Brett Conrad has played in four contests and is 1-0 with one shutout and a perfect 0.00 goals-against average.
The Big Red boast a 4-3-2 record entering Saturday night’s game with Harvard. The team is 2-1 at home and is 0-0-1 in Ivy League play. Opponents have outscored Cornell, 13-11, and have the edge in corner kicks over the Big Red, 51-42.
Matt Bouraee, Brett Sumpio, Kyle Parsons and Chase Aaronson have all netted two goals each for the team lead. Bouraee has also dished out five assists for nine points to pace the Big Red. Scott Caldwell and Ben Kenyon are second on the team with three assists apiece.
Scott Brody has started every game in net and has two shutouts, along with a 1.38 goals-against mark and a .764 save percentage, stopping 42 of 55 shots faced.
Andre Akpan is five goals shy from tying Chris Ohiri ’64 for the program’s career lead. Ohiri notched 47 goals over the course of his career. Akpan is Harvard’s all-time leader in points with 116 and assists with 32.
Crimson Among the Nation’s Best:
Harvard is currently ranked No. 8 in the Soccer Times, Soccer America and NSCAA national polls, No. 9 in the College Soccer News ranking and No. 16 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
Defense Wins Games:
Harvard has allowed only three goals in nine games this season, good for a team goals-against average of 0.33. Entering the week, Harvard was fifth in the nation in this statistical category.
Harvard will face two ranked opponents next week as the team visits No. 26 Connecticut Wednesday, before hosting No. 22 Brown Oct. 17.