Zack Wolfenzon gave Harvard its first double-overtime victory since 2010 (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – What started as a familiar overtime scene ended in a dramatic road victory as Zack Wolfenzon's double-overtime tally lifted the Harvard men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over local rival Boston University Tuesday night. The win ups Harvard's record to 2-7-3 on the year and gives the Crimson its first victory away from home in 2012. It also marks Harvard's first double-overtime victory since the 2010 season.
The teams entered extra time with the score tied at 1-1 and the Terriers provided most of the pressure through the first extra frame. Rookie Jake Freeman struck a shot that veered wide of the BU net, but the hosts tested goalie Evan Mendez to make a save 3:57 into the frame and went onto earn two corner kicks that Harvard managed to turn away. The second overtime saw BU's Carlos Ruiz fire a shot high, and the Crimson took advantage of the ensuing possession. Connor McCarthy collected a ball from senior co-captain Scott Prozeller on the right flank and drove a ball into the box that Wolfenzon put home for his second tally of the season, and the game-winner.
The first half was a defensive battle as the teams combined for just seven shots and one on goal. BU stepped up the pressure in the opening minutes of the second stanza, forcing Mendez to make his second save of the game just 1:52 into the half. Harvard fended off BU's third corner kick of the evening, and then gained a good scoring chance when the Terriers committed a foul in their own half. Sophomore David Barna took the ensuing free kick from 30 yards out and freshman striker Oliver White headed home his team-leading third goal of the season at the 49:03 mark to give the guests the lead.
What followed was a barrage of shots from the scrambling Terriers, with the hosts managing to fire 19 shots in the second half alone. The Crimson defenses held tight through the middle of the stanza, but the Terriers finally broke through with the equalizer when Dominique Badji rifled a ball just inside the left post from 25 yards out in the 70th minute. Badji put another shot on the Harvard net with two minutes remaining in regulation, but Mendez stood tall for the save.
Mendez finished the game with eight saves and improved his record on the season to 2-3-1. BU ended the contest with significant edges in both corner kicks (16-1) and shots (27-8). Harvard did outshoot BU, 2-1, in the final overtime period.
Harvard returns to its conference schedule Saturday when it travels to Princeton, N.J., to take on the Tigers. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.