Austin Harms stopped four shots Friday evening against UC
Santa Barbara (Photo courtesy of David Silverman)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Goalkeeper Austin Harms recorded four saves for the No. 6 Harvard men's soccer team, but the Crimson suffered its first loss of the season, falling by a score of 2-0 against UC Santa Barbara in a neutral-site game Friday evening. The loss drops Harvard to 2-1-1 on the year, while the Gauchos earn their first victory and improve to 1-2-2.
In the first half, the Gauchos outshot the Crimson by an 8-2
margin, including 5-1 on net, but Austin Harms made four stops in
the period for Harvard. Late in the 40th minute, UC Santa
Barbara's Chris Hunter nailed the crossbar with a shot, and
moments later, Gaby Okito sent a ball that Harms grabbed. The
Gauchos continued to pressure until Joe Eubanks received a cross
pass in the box from Sam Garza and fired a shot into the left of
the goal, making it 1-0 at 42-23.
The Crimson opened the second half of play with back-to-back shots by Zack Wolfenzon and Brian Rogers, but UC Santa Barbara's Sam Hayden was there to make the stops. With 3:16 remaining in the game, David Opoku put the game out of reach, making it a 2-0 game with a shot from inside the box. The Crimson managed two shots in the final minutes, but Kyle Henderson's chance was stopped by Hayden and Ross Friedman sent a shot high of the crossbar.
Harvard outshot UC Santa Barbara, 6-2, in the second half, but trailed in shots, 10-8, for the game. The Crimson had three corner kicks, while the Gauchos earned two. The Crimson will remain in Albuquerque and will look to rebound against New Mexico Sunday at 2 p.m. EST.