No. 11 Crimson Visits Columbia in Final Road Contest of Regular Season
Pictured: Senior Desmond Mitchell and the Crimson are 3-1-1
in the Ancient Eight.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography
Ivy League Standings
The 11th-ranked Harvard men’s soccer team, which sits atop the Ivy League standings with a 3-1-1 conference mark and 10 points, visits Columbia for an Ivy League contest Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Crimson is coming off a 2-1 victory over Dartmouth last week, as the team now owns an 11-3-1 overall record. Columbia enters the game with a 4-10-1 overall record and 2-3 mark in the Ancient Eight.
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Harvard has won the last four meetings against Columbia, growing its lead in the all-time series to 34-20-5. Last season, Harvard scored six unanswered goals by six different players to earn a 6-1 victory over the Lions at Ohiri Field Nov. 8, 2008. With a goal and an assist in that contest, Andre Akpan surpassed Chris Ohiri ’64 as Harvard’s all-time leading scorer. Austin Harms made the start in net, stopping one shot in the game, in which Harvard outshot Columbia, 21-8.
In the Crimson’s 2-1 win over Dartmouth Oct. 31, Kwaku Nyamekye got Harvard on the scoreboard with his first goal of the season off a volley at 4:42. The Big Green tied the game in the 56th minute, but Andre Akpan delivered with the game winner, coming at 62:43, putting Harvard in sole possession of first place in the conference.
With 11 goals this season, Akpan leads Harvard and ranks 10th in the nation with 0.73 goals per game. He is also eighth with 1.80 points per contest, having amassed 27 points in 15 games. Brian Rogers stands second on the Crimson in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points, while Adam Rousmaniere leads the team with six assists. In goal, Austin Harms owns a 10-3-1 record with five clean sheets, a 0.84 goals-against average and a save percentage of .800.
Harvard is outscoring its opponents by a 26-12 margin, including 16-7 in the second half. The Crimson also has the edge in corner kicks, 75-61.
The Lions have dropped its last three games and five of the last six overall after falling at Adelphi, 2-1, Tuesday evening. Bayo Adafin has a team-best 11 points on five goals, including two game-winning tallies, and one assist, while James Princet is second with three goals and two helpers for eight points. Between the pipes, Alexander Aurrichio has played every minute and is 4-10-1 with two shutouts and a 1.26 goals-against average. He has faced 78 shots on goal, stopping 60.
Senior forward Andre Akpan, who holds Harvard’s career points (122) and assist (32) records, is two goals shy of tying Chris Ohiri ’64 for Harvard’s all-time lead in that category.
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In other Ancient Eight games Saturday, Dartmouth hosts Cornell, Brown visits Yale and Penn welcomes Princeton.
Harvard will close out the regular season by facing Penn at Ohiri Field Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. That game will also serve as Senior Day for five Crimson players – Andre Akpan, Brian Grimm, Desmond Mitchell, Kwaku Nyamekye and Adam Rousmaniere .