Harvard, which is ranked 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) National poll, hosts No. 13 Stanford in the first men's soccer game to be held at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, which is located adjacent to the O'Donnell Baseball Field and Gordon Indoor Track.
After facing the Cardinal, the Crimson will then visit
Massachusetts in another non-conference tilt Monday, Sept. 6 at 3
p.m. That game will be shown live on CBS 3 Springfield in Western
The Crimson enters its first season under Carl Junot, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, who had served as an assistant coach with the program the last two seasons. Last fall, Junot and the Crimson reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1987.
Harvard posted a 14-4-1 overall mark last season, while winning the Ivy League with a 5-1-1 conference mark. The Crimson also boasted an impressive 8-2-0 record at home, including a 5-1 mark against non-conference opponents.
Follow From Home:
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on WHRB 95.3 FM Cambridge, as well streamed online at WHRB.org. Brendan Roche and Kara Hollis will handle the call.
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.
Men's Soccer Fiesta:
Free t-shirts will be given to the first 150 Harvard students who attend Saturday evening's soccer game between No. 10 Harvard and No. 13 Stanford. There will also be grand prize raffle items, refreshments and more.
The Crimson and Cardinal have met five times on the soccer field, with Stanford owning a 5-0 lead in the series. The teams last met on Sept. 16, 2000, a 2-0 win for the Cardinal.
Senior defenders Jaren LaGreca and Robert Millock will serve as co-captains for Harvard this season.
The Crimson looks to win its second straight season opener at home, as Harvard earned a 4-1 victory over Stony Brook last fall.
Harvard returns seven starters from last year's squad, including junior goalkeeper Austin Harms, who ranked 32nd in the nation with a 0.821 goals-against average in 2009. Harms boasted a .803 save percentage and was 13-4-1 with seven shutouts on the season. Harms is six shutouts away from tying Ryan Johnson '06 for the most career shutouts (19) in program history.
Sophomore Brian Rogers, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is Harvard's returning scoring leader, as he tallied six goals and handed out six assists for 18 points last fall. Senior Alex Chi (2-0-4), junior Jamie Rees (2-0-4) and sophomore Richard Smith (2-0-4) also contributed multiple goals in 2009.
Harvard netted more than twice as many goals as opponents last fall, finding the back of the net 32 times and allowing only 15 scores in 19 games.
The Cardinal enters the 2010 campaign ranked 13th in the NSCAA poll after reaching the third round of the NCAA tournament last season and finishing 12-6-2 overall.
Stanford returns two of its leading scorers from last year in Bobby Warsha (6-1-13) and Adam Jahn (4-3-11).
In the season opener against Vermont, the Cardinall fell, 2-1, in overtime with a goal by the Catamounts in the 97th minute. Jahn tallied the lone Stanford goal, while goalkeeper Jason Dodson recorded three saves.
The Minutemen opened its season by playing to a 1-1 tie against Boston University Sept. 1. Bryan Croft netted a goal only 64 seconds into the second half to even the game and goalkeeper Chris Piekos stopped six shots, including two in overtime to help UMass earn the draw.
UMass is coming off a 7-7-3 record last season after winning 17 games in 2008 and 10 contests in 2009. The Minutemen were 3-4-1 at home last fall and were 3-2-3 against non-conference opponents.
Live statistics for the UMass game will be available, as well as an internet video stream with a subscription.
Quest For Five Straight:
Harvard has reached the NCAA tournament four straight seasons, advancing to the second round three times. The Crimson reached the tournament in five consecutive seasons from 1968-1972, a program record.
The Crimson continues the non-conference portion of its schedule by visiting Massachusetts Monday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. Harvard will not return home until hosting Providence at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.