Harvard looks for its first Ivy win of the season Saturday at Cornell (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday to take on Cornell in its second Ivy League matchup of the season. Harvard has had the advantage since these teams started competing over 100 years ago with a record of 37-22-15. Both teams will be looking for their first conference win this season.
Last Time Out
The Harvard-Yale rivalry kicked off Ivy League play for both teams. Despite taking the lead in the middle of the second half, Harvard dropped the game 2-1. In the 68th minute, A.J. Agha netted fellow senior Ross Friedman's corner kick to put the Crimson up 1-0. Ultimately the single goal wouldn't be enough as Yale scored two late goals at the 87th minute on a wild scramble in front of the net and the 89th minute on a free kick that got deflected by the wall. Brett Conrad played all 90 minutes for Harvard and racked up seven saves.
About the Crimson
As Harvard gets into its Ivy League schedule, it looks for competitive conference play to give it the second-half boost to finish the season strong. After notching its first win of the season at home against Massachusetts, the Crimson later tied a strong Boston University squad, 0-0. One-goal losses to St. Francis and Yale leave Harvard with a 1-6-2 record and a 0-1-0 record in the Ivy League.
Harvard's seven goals on the season have all been netted by different Crimson players. The most recent to join the club is senior A.J. Agha with his first goal against Yale in Harvard's last time out. Ross Friedman continued his knack for finding his teammates with his fourth assist on the season and team-leading fourth point.
The Crimson has been rotating sophomore goalie Evan Mendez into the mix with senior captain Brett Conrad the past few games. Conrad has a shutout to his credit with 38 saves in his seven starts and Mendez holds a 0.50 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in three games played.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell holds the best record in the Ivy League (including non-conference play) at 6-2-2. However, the Big Red has gotten shut out two games in a row, including in its first Ivy League matchup this season at Penn. Cornell has been an extremely strong defensive team this season, only letting in six goals through its first 10 games.
The Big Red has 11 different players with points this season. Patrick Slogic and Jake Rinow lead the team with six points each, tallying two goals and two assists apiece. Conor Goepel also has two goals to his name and a total of five points.
Kurtis Teskoski and Zach Zagorski have been strong between the posts for the Big Red this season. Zagorski's 0.62 goals-against average leads the Ivy League, and Teskoski's 0.47 GAA is just short of qualifying. Zagorski also holds an unbeaten record of 5-0-1.
Among The Ivies
Harvard has a handful of players that rank within the Ivy League statistical leaders heading into conference play. Senior midfielder Ross Friedman shares the Ivy League lead in assists with four on the season. Philip Fleischman and Alex Leondis are tied for second in the league with a .500 shot percentage, and Brett Conrad moved up from third to second in the conference with 38 saves on the season.
Harvard returns home to take on conference opponent Brown. The Crimson will look to get the home-stretch of this season started off right Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.