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Providence Poses First Road Test For Men's Soccer Thursday

Harvard is in search of its first win Thursday against Providence (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline

The Harvard men's soccer team will play its first road game of the season as the Crimson travels to Providence Thursday for a midweek showdown against the Friars. This is the first time the Crimson has faced Providence since 2010.

About the Crimson
The Crimson looks to rebound after starting the 2013 season with a pair of non-conference losses to Iona and Davidson. Harvard will face five more non-conference opponents after facing the Friars, before Ivy League play begins the first weekend of October.

Freshman Ashi Geberkidane scored the Crimson's first goal of the season Sunday against Davidson, converting an assist from senior William Giahos. Senior goalie Brett Conrad has amassed nine saves through two games this season.

Scouting the Friars
Providence has started the season off with a bang and comes to Cambridge with an impressive 3-0-1 record. The Friars earned their first home victory of the season against Quinnipiac, along with two comeback victories on the road against Holy Cross and Rhode Island, and a tie against No. 20 Brown.

Senior midfielder/forward Wilder Arbodela has already proved he is a force to be reckoned with, scoring two goals in back-to-back victories against Quinnipiac and Holy Cross. He is tied for first in goals on the team with two after leading the team in 2012 with six goals and 13 points. Freshman Julian Gressel from Germany made his presence known by notching two goals in a 3-2 home victory against Quinnipiac in his Friar debut. Junior Marcus Naglestad from Norway scored his first goal and assist as a Friar in a 2-1 comeback victory versus Holy Cross. The Friars were also named co-champions of the 2013 Ocean State Classic, along with No. 20 Brown.

Series History
Thursday's contest marks the 14th meeting between the Crimson and Friars and first since 2010. The last time the two teams met, Providence upended Harvard, 2-1, at Ohiri Field. The series lead belongs to the Crimson, however, as Harvard has claimed 10 wins in 13 career matchups. The first meeting between the two teams occurred in 1995 in Cambridge, and the Crimson secured a 3-2 victory.

Up Next
The Crimson returns home for its second straight Sunday showdown, welcoming Lafayette to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium for a 3 p.m., game. Fans can watch the live stream of the game via the Ivy League Digital Network.