David Barna got Harvard on the board Tuesday at Boston College (Gil Talbot).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team took a 2-0 lead into the second half, but a surge from Boston College resulted in three unanswered goals for the hosts as the Crimson fell, 3-2, to the Eagles Tuesday in a midweek matchup. Harvard (3-7-2) has its two-game win streak snapped while Boston College (6-5-2) sneaks over the .500 mark for the season.
The teams took the early part of the game to feel one another out, with scoring chances staying at a minimum through the first 20 minutes. A few key substitutions worked wonders for the Crimson, as both first half goals came from non-starters. Throw-in ace Michael Klain worked his magic in the 32nd minute as he heaved a ball into the mixer that was received by Kevin Harrington and finished by David Barna after a scramble in front of the net. Just 1:14 after the first goal, Harvard struck again on a similar play. Once again, Klain tossed the ball towards the Eagles' box, and this time Harrington worked it to Tyler Evans, who buried the ball from close range for a 2-0 lead.
The host's offense started to click following the break for halftime, and the Eagles got within one in the 55th minute when Brendan Hayes bested Harvard keeper Brett Conrad off a cross from Derrick Boateng. With just under 20 minutes to play in the match, the Eagles found the equalizer, as Hayes once again collected a pass in the box and fired home from close range. Less than three minutes later, the Eagles completed the comeback, taking advantage of an own-goal by the Crimson to grab a 3-2 lead and hold on for the win.
Both Barna and Evans recorded their first goals of the season in the loss and the keeper Conrad posted a pair of saves in the game. Klain and Harrington both had a pair of assists on the evening.
Harvard returns to action Saturday when it hosts Princeton in a key Ivy League contest at 4 p.m., at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.