No. 6 Crimson Set to Face No. 17 Connecticut in Road Contest Wednesday Evening

No. 6 Crimson Set to Face No. 17 Connecticut in Road Contest Wednesday Evening

Pictured: Adam Rousmaniere has handed out four assists this season, placing him second on the Crimson in this category.
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The Game:
The sixth-ranked Harvard men’s soccer team faces its third ranked opponent this season, as the Crimson visits No. 17 Connecticut Wednesday evening. Harvard is coming off a 1-1 tie at Cornell Saturday, while the Huskies earned a 0-0 draw at West Virginia.

Follow From Home:
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.

Last Time Out:
With Harvard down 1-0 in the 77th minute against the Big Red Oct. 10, Adam Rousmaniere crossed a pass to Alex Chi, who found the back of the net to tie the game, helping Harvard earn a 1-1 tie. Goalkeeper Austin Harms made three saves, as Harvard remained unbeaten in Ivy League play at 1-0-1.

Series History:
Harvard and Connecticut have played 25 times, with the Huskies owning a 13-8-4 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to 1946. The teams have not played since 1994, a 4-3 overtime victory for Connecticut at Ohiri Field.

About Harvard:
The Crimson, which sports an 8-1-1 overall record this fall, has outscored opponents 20-4, including 11-2 in the second half. Harvard is outshooting teams by a 179-113 margin and has earned 60 corner kicks, while opponents have 43. The team is 1-1 against ranked teams this fall, having defeated then-No. 14 Boston University, 1-0, Sept. 11, and losing to then-No. 3 Wake Forest, 1-0, Sept. 26.

Andre Akpan ranks 11th in the nation and leads the team with 19 points on seven goals and five assists, while Brian Rogers stands second with 15 points, having tallied five goals and handed out three assists. Rogers also has three game-winning goals to his credit to lead the team. Adam Rousmaniere has dished out four assists, while Jamie Rees and Desmond Mitchell have two goals apiece.

Austin Harms boasts a 7-1-1 record with four shutouts and a 0.44 goals-against average, ranking him fourth in the nation. He has stopped 25 of 29 shots faced for a save percentage of .862, placing him 15th in the country.

About Connecticut:
The Huskies are riding a five-game unbeaten streak dating back to Sept. 25. Overall, Connecticut stands at 6-2-3 and the team has outscored opponents, 13-6. The team is 2-1-2 against ranked opponents this season after tying then-No. 25 West Virginia, 0-0, Oct. 10. Connecticut played then-No. 6 Dartmouth to a 0-0 draw Sept. 11.

Tony Cascio has a team-best 14 points and five goals and is tied with Carlos Alvarez for the Connecticut lead with four assists. Alan Ponce is also a scoring threat, having netted three goals this fall.

Between the pipes, Josh Ford has played every minute and is 6-2-3 with seven clean sheets and a 0.51 goals-against average.

Chasing History:
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.

National Recognition:
Harvard is currently ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA poll, No. 8 in the Soccer Times and Soccer America rankings, No. 9 in the College Soccer News ranking and No. 15 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.

Crimson Among the League’s Best:
Andre Akpan is tied for the conference lead with 19 points, seven goals and five assists. Brian Rogers stands tied for the lead with three game-winning tallies, while Austin Harms ranks first with a 0.44 goals-against average and .862 save percentage.

Defense Wins Games:
Harvard has allowed only four goals in 10 games this season, good for a team goals-against average of 0.40. Entering the week, Harvard was fifth in the nation in this statistical category.

Coming Up:
Harvard hosts No. 20 Brown in a crucial Ivy League contest Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m.