Men's Soccer Heads North To Face Dartmouth Saturday Evening
Junior defender Baba Omosegbon and the Crimson are 1-1-2 in league play (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's soccer team looks to snap a two-game losing skid as it visits Ivy League rival Dartmouth Saturday evening for a 7 p.m. showdown.
The Crimson enters the weekend at 4-5-5 overall and 1-1-2 in conference play, while the Big Green, who fell at No. 18 Boston College, 2-1, Wednesday, is 6-6-1 and 1-3-0 in Ancient Eight action. Harvard stands fourth in the Ivy League standings with five points, and the Big Green sits tied with Columbia and Yale for fifth with three points each. Penn and Princeton are both 4-0-0 in conference games and are tied for first with 12 points apiece.
Last Time Out:
In a game shown live nationally on ESPNU, Scott Prozeller gave Harvard a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute with a goal off a set piece, but the Crimson could not hold on and fell at No. 23 Princeton, 2-1. Austin Harms recorded four saves in goal.
A History Lesson:
The Crimson and Big Green have met 83 times, with Harvard owning a 42-33-8 lead in the all-time series, which started in 1921. Each team is 2-2 in the last four contests between the Ivy League rivals after Harvard earned a 2-1 victory last season in Cambridge. In that win, Kwaku Nyamekye '10 and Andre Akpan '10 each netted a goal, while Austin Harms made four stops.
The Crimson boasts a 2-2-4 record in road games this season, as Harvard has defeated Massachusetts (Sept. 6) and Holy Cross (Oct. 6) this fall. Opponents are outscoring the Crimson by a 16-14 margin and have the corner kick edge over Harvard, 61-42.
With his goal at Princeton, Scott Prozeller (3-1-7) is tied with Brian Rogers (3-1-7) for the team lead in goals and points. Connor McCarthy (2-1-5) and Kyle Henderson (1-3-5) are also scoring threats for the Crimson.
Austin Harms has seen most of the time in net and carries a 3-4-4 record with three clean sheets into Saturday's game. He also owns a 1.09 goals-against average and 37 saves. With his three shutouts this season, Harms ranks second in Harvard history with 16 career clean sheets. He needs three shutouts to tie Ryan Johnson '19 for the program record.
The Big Green has dropped two straight games by 2-1 scores after falling at Boston College and at Columbia. Dartmouth owns a 4-2 record at home this season with wins over Holy Cross, San Diego, New Mexico and Yale. The Big Green has tallied 20 goals, while surrendering 19, and has earned 92 corner kicks on the year.
Daniel Keat (3-1-7) and Teo Larsson-Sax (3-0-6) are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece, while Lucky Mkosana (2-3-7) has handed out the most assists on the squad.
Sean Donovan boasts a winning record in net, going 5-4-1 with one shutout to his credit. He also sports a 1.25 goals-against average and 28 saves.
Around the Ivy League:
In other action around the conference, Yale hosts Columbia at 4:30 p.m., Princeton visits Cornell at 7 p.m., and Brown heads to Philadelphia to take on Penn at 7:30 p.m.
Harvard will play its final home game of the season, as the Crimson hosts Columbia Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Prior to the game, Harvard will honor its five seniors: Shomesh Chaudhuri, Alex Chi, Jaren LaGreca, Robert Millock and James Pelletier.