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Harvard Men's Soccer Knocks Off Haiti National Team, 1-0, in Exhibition

Hiroki Kobayashi scored to give Harvard a 1-0 win over Haiti Sunday night (photo Penny Ashford)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
In its second charity exhibition match of the weekend, the Harvard men's soccer team beat the Haiti National Team, 1-0, off of a goal from Hiroki Kobayashi in the 86th minute. The teams played in front of 1,209 fans at Harvard Stadium to benefit Partners in Health.

Partners in Health helps the relief efforts in Haiti, which is still recovering from a catastrophic 7.0 M earthquake that struck on Jan. 12, 2010.

Harvard controlled the pace of play in the first minutes of the first half, getting two shots, including one on goal, in the initial ten minutes. With the Crimson's first chances coming up empty, Haiti handled possession for a majority of the remaining minutes of the first half. Haiti took eight shots in the opening 45 minutes, with two being on target, while Harvard had three shots and one on net.

Haiti had an excellent scoring chance in the sixth minute of the second half when a player received a long pass down the left side. He dribbled past Brett Conrad and centered a pass to the box, but Haiti's Jean Paulin's sliding shot soared over the crossbar.

The Crimson had an opportunity with 15 minutes left in the second stanza. Scott Prozeller received a pass in the middle and took a one-bounce shot to the center of the goal, where Haiti goalkeeper Donnont Garry was there to save the attempt.

Kobayashi broke the 0-0 tie in the 41st minute of the second half with a brilliant unassisted goal. He beat his defender just inside the left corner of the box and sent a look hooking shot past Garry and into the right side of the goal to put the Crimson up 1-0.

The Haiti team mustered one more chance before stoppage time. A shot went over the hands of Conrad and deflected off the crossbar out of bounds.

Harvard ended the match with 10 shots, while Haiti managed to take 14. Each team had three attempts on target.

Conrad ended with three saves for the Crimson.

Harvard moved to 1-0-1 in international exhibitions this spring. The Crimson tied the Cape Verde All-Stars, 1-1, Friday night.