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Men’s Soccer Earns First Result in 0-0 Tie With Lafayette

Brett Conrad made four saves in his first shutout of the season Sunday (Gil Talbot).

Postgame Interviews: Pieter Lehrer and Brett Conrad


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
In its third home contest of the season, a steady back line buoyed the Harvard men's soccer team as the Crimson played to a 0-0 tie with Lafayette Sunday afternoon at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The tie is Lafayette's (1-0-5) fifth of the season while the Crimson (0-3-1) snap a three game losing streak with the result.

Offensive action was sparse through the opening 45 minutes, and the team combined for just three shots on goal in the stanza. The Leopards claimed the first shot on goal of the match at the 8:31 mark, and took a 2-0 shots advantage on an attempt from Jeff McLaughlin 11 minutes later. Hiroki Kobayashi challenged Lafayette goalie Nathan McDonald late in the half, but neither team could break the scoreless draw before halftime.

Just five minutes into the second half, a Lafayette defender made an aggressive tackle on a streaking Harvard forward inside the goalie box, but the referee allowed play to continue and did not award the penalty kick. The Crimson ramped up the pressure 10 minutes later when Ross Friedman sent a threatening corner kick into the box, but shots by Kevin Harrington and Michael Klain were both blocked before they could reach the Leopards goalie. A header off the head of Andrew Chang initially looked like it had a chance to beat the goalie with less than 12 minutes to play in regulation, but McDonald stood his line and corralled the attempt.

The first overtime period saw Harvard grab the advantage in scoring attempts, forcing McDonald to make a pair of save sin the 10-minute stanza. A long ball from near midfield found Ashi Geberkidane in the box with less than 10 seconds to play in the initial overtime period, but the freshman's short-angle shot was smothered by McDonald to keep the shutout intact. Neither team was able to put a shot on goal in the final 10 minutes, finalizing the 0-0 score.

Harvard goalie Brett Conrad was solid in net, picking up his first shutout of the season against the Leopards. He needed just two saves in each regulation stanza to record the clean sheet. His counterpart McDonald was tested more throughout the game, as he totaled five save son the afternoon.

Its back on the road for Harvard in its next matchup, when it heads to Hartford Friday for a 7 p.m., contest.