Joe Festa recorded his first collegiate shutout Saturday against Yale (Gil Talbot).
After playing to a 0-0 tie with conference rival Yale Saturday in its Ivy opener, the Harvard men's soccer team steps back outside conference play to welcome local foe Boston College in a midweek matchup Tuesday night.
Tuesday's matchup will be the 21st time Harvard and Boston College have squared off, with the Eagles holding a 10-6-4 edge in the all-time series. BC captured the inaugural game of the series, 2-1 in 1981, and has the longest winning streak in the series at four games from 1989-93. Harvard has dropped the two most recent meetings by scores of 2-1 in 2010 and 2-0 last year in Chestnut Hill. Harvard's last win over the Eagles came in 2009, a 2-0 victory on BC's home turf.
Last Time Out
After a quiet first half, the Crimson took control of the game Saturday against Yale, but was unable to find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw. Freshman goalie Joe Festa notched four saves, including two big stops in the final minutes of regulation, giving him the first shutout of his collegiate career. Harvard finished the game with a 23-11 edge in shots and a 20-6 advantage in corners. Kyle Henderson had Harvard's best look of the game as his shot from outside the box sailed past a diving Yale keeper and banged off the far post to keep the game scoreless.
About the Crimson
The five goals on the season for Harvard have come from five different players, with Zack Wolfenzon becoming the latest to join the list. The senior forward also leads the team in shots with 18 while Henderson is close behind with 17. David Barna has the lone assist on the season for the Crimson, providing the helper on co-captain Scott Prozeller's goal against Southern Methodist.
Joe Festa and Evan Mendez have both seen significant time in net for Harvard and Festa offers the better goals-against average at 1.35. Mendez boasts a 1-2-1 record on the season in five games started.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College is having a strong season and enters the Harvard game with a 5-3-1 record on the year and a 2-1-1 road mark. After dropping a pair of home contests early, the Eagles collected victories in their last three home games, scoring eight goals between the three matches.
Charlie Rugg has been the offensive sparkplug for the Eagles this season, putting home four of the team's 12 goals and adding three assists for a team-high 11 points. Derrick Boateng also has three helpers on the season, and his three goals in addition give him nine points on the year. Kevin Mejia is the third multi-goal scorer on the team with a pair of strikes this season. Goalie Justin Luthy has played the lions' share of minutes for the Eagles this season and boasts a 1.55 goals against average and 23 saves. Alex Kapp has played 154 minutes for BC and is a perfect 2-0-0 on the season, having conceded just one goal.
Harvard wraps up its three-game homestand when it welcomes a powerful No. 22 Cornell squad to Cambridge Saturday. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.