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Akpan Named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week
Harvard, which is receiving votes in the Soccer Times and NSCAA national polls this week, looks to grab its third straight win to start the season as the team hosts No. 14 Boston University.
The Crimson is coming off a 2-0 road win at Boston College Monday, the first victory for Harvard over the Eagles since the 2000 season. Harvard won its season opener, 4-1, against Stony Brook on Sept. 4.
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Harvard leads the all-time series, 22-11-7, against the Terriers. Last season, BU got the better of the Crimson, as the Terriers topped Harvard, 5-1, Sept. 30, 2008 at Nickerson Field. Andre Akpan tallied the lone Crimson goal. Harvard last defeated BU at Ohiri Field on Sept. 14, 2007, as the Crimson earned a 2-1 win. Akpan scored one of the Harvard goals, while the other was credited as an own goal.
With a five-point effort on two goals and an assist against Stony Brook Sept. 4, Andre Akpan became the first Harvard player to amass more than 100 points in a career. Akpan has 37 goals and 30 assists for 104 points.
The Crimson has won the last seven regular season games at home, dating back to last season. The team is outsoring opponents by a 6-1 margin and holds a slight edge in corner kicks, 9-8. Harvard has not allowed a goal in 152:25 minutes, since the first half of the game against Stony Brook.
With seven points this fall, Akpan leads the Harvard offensive attack with two goals and three assists. Freshmen Brian Rogers and Scott Prozeller are tied for second with three points on a goal and an assist, while Jamie Rees and Desmond Mitchell have also scored goals this fall.
Austin Harms has started both games in net for Harvard and is 2-0 with one shutout and a miniscule 0.51 goals-against average. He has faced nine shots on goal, stopping eight of them and boasts a .889 save percentage.
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The 14th-ranked Terriers enter the game with a 2-0-1 mark, as the team has defeated Connecticut and Providence by identical 3-0 scores. BU also tied Massachusetts in a road game, 1-1, to open the season. The Terriers are outscoring opponents, 7-1.
Aaron O’Neal guides the Terrier offense and boasts a team-best four goals and nine points. Ben Berube has netted one goal and handed out two assists, while Michael Bustamante leads the way with three helpers.
Between the pipes, Hrafn Davidsson has played every minute and owns a 0.31 goals-against average. He has recorded two shutouts and has made 14 saves, while surrendering only one goal.
Harvard goalkeeper Austin Harms has seven shutouts in his career, including one this fall. He had six as a freshman in 2008.
With his opening week performance with seven points, Andre Akpan was tabbed the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week. Meanwhile, Scott Prozeller was named to the Ivy League honor roll after tallying the game-winning goal at Boston College.
Harvard will welcome Army to Ohiri Field Sunday afternoon for a contest scheduled to begin a 1 p.m.