Men's Soccer Looks to Continue Hot Start Against Army Sunday
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Harvard, which is riding a three-game win streak to start the season, hosts Army in a non-conference matchup, as the Crimson looks to improve on its best start since 2007.
Jamie Clark, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Soccer, and his team are coming off a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Boston University Friday, the first win for the Crimson over a ranked opponent this season. Jamie Rees scored the game-winner at 43:53 and Austin Harms made three saves in net in the game held at Ohiri Field.
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Today’s game marks the first contest between Harvard and Army since the 1968 season. The Crimson leads the all-time series, 8-4-2, dating back to the first meeting between the schools in 1927. The 1968 matchup occurred in the first round of the NCAA tournament and resulted in a 4-1 win for Army.
The Crimson is riding an eight-game win streak at home, dating back to last season. Harvard is 2-0 at Ohiri Field this fall after topping Stony Brook, 4-1, in the opener and holding off Boston University, 1-0, Friday. The team is outscoring opponents by a 7-1 margin and has not allowed a goal in 242:25 minutes of play.
Andre Akpan, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, paces the squad with seven points on two goals and three assists. He is tied for the team lead in goals with Jamie Rees. Freshmen Brian Rogers (one goal, two assists) and Scott Prozeller (one goal, one assist), who was selected to the Ivy League honor roll last week, have also supplied offense. Desmond Mitchell also has a goal, scoring in the second half against Stony Brook.
In goal, Austin Harms is 3-0-0 with two shutouts, giving him eight blank sheets for his career. Harms has surrendered only a single goal this year and owns a 0.34 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Opponents are outshooting Harvard, 50-45, but the Crimson leads in corner kick chances, 15-12.
The Black Knights are 1-3 on the season after losing at Bryant, 3-0, Friday. Army won its season opener against NJIT, 2-1, but has since lost three straight, including games to Manhattan, 1-0, and Marist, 1-0.
Bryan Connolly and Tanner Robertson each have a goal on the season, while Cole Dietz and Michael Leach have handed out an assist apiece. Nick Alexander has played all four games in net and has made 17 saves, while allowing six goals by opponents.
Jamie Rees has scored a goal in two straight-games, the first two goals of his career. Brian Rogers is on a three-game point scoring streak, as he tallied a goal against Stony Brook and handed assists out at Boston College and against Boston University.
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Harvard has allowed only a single goal this year, back in the first half in the season opener against Stony Brook. The stretch has reached 242:25 minutes of action.
The Crimson has six days off before traveling to Fairfield Saturday, Sept. 19. The contest against the Stags marks the first of a four-game road trip for Harvard. The team will also visit New Hampshire Sept. 23, Wake Forest Sept. 26 and Yale Oct.3 during this stretch.