No. 12 Harvard Takes on Fairfield in a Road Game Saturday Evening

No. 12 Harvard Takes on Fairfield in a Road Game Saturday Evening

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The Game:
The 12th-ranked Crimson, which has won all four games to start the season, will begin a stretch of four road games at Fairfield in a non-conference matchup Saturday evening. Harvard is off to its best start since 2007 when the team opened with six straight victories.

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The Matchup:
Harvard and Fairfield have met 13 times with the Crimson owning a 10-1-2 lead in the all-time series which dates back to 1995. In the last meeting between the schools, Harvard earned a 5-0 victory at Ohiri field on Sept. 29, 2007. In that game, Michael Fucito ’09 and Andre Akpan each tallied two goals, while Alex Chi chipped in with one tally.

About Harvard:
The Crimson extended its home win streak to nine games by topping Army, 4-0, Sunday. Desmond Mitchell, who finished the game with four points on a goal and two assists, opened the scoring only 30 seconds into the contest. Andre Akpan netted two goals in the second half and rookie Brian Rogers tallied a goal and handed out an assist. Two days earlier, the Crimson knocked off then-No. 14 Boston University at Ohiri Field, as Jamie Rees scored the game’s only goal at 43:53. Austin Harms earned the shutout, making three saves.

Harvard, which is outscoring teams 11-1 this fall, is led offensively by Akpan who has scored four goals and dished out three assists for 11 points. Rogers (two goals, three assists) and Mitchell (two goals, one assist) are second and third, respectively, on the team in points. In goal, Harms owns a 0.26 goals-against average and has stopped 17 of 18 shots faced for a .944 save percentage. He also has two shutouts on the season, coming against Boston College and Boston University.

The Crimson owns a 6-0 advantage in second half scoring against opponents and has a 25-17 edge overall in corner kick chances.

About Fairfield:
The Stags are 1-3 on the year after falling, 3-0, to Boston College Tuesday. Fairfield defeated Albany, 2-1, in a road contest Sunday to earn its first win of the season. Opponents have scored twice as many goals as the Stags, 8-4, but Fairfield has a sizable lead in corner kicks, 29-19.

With two goals, Jack Burridge, who tallied the game-winning goals against Albany, paces the Fairfield offensive attack, while Christian Uy (one goal, one assist) and his brother, Matthew Uy, (two assists) are also scoring threats.

Michael O’Keefe has played every minute in net and boasts a 1.97 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage (16 of 24).

Crimson Sweep:
Austin Harms, the College Soccer News National Goalkeeper of the Week, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, while Brian Rogers was tabbed the Ivy Co-Rookie of the Week. Harms stopped all nine shots last week in victories over Boston University and Army and extended his scoreless streak to 314:39 minutes of action. Rogers, meanwhile, assisted on the game-winning goal in Harvard’s 1-0 win over BU and scored a goal and had an assist in the victory against Army.

Harvard has now earned both Ivy League Player of the Week selections this season, as Andre Akpan was tabbed the conference Co-Player of the Week Sept. 8.

National Recognition:
With its 4-0 start, the Crimson jumped to No. 12 in the latest Soccer America national poll and appears in every other national ranking as well. Harvard stands at No. 13 in the NSCAA poll, No. 18 in the College Soccer News rating and No. 19 in the Soccer Times ranking.

Defense Wins Games:
The Crimson has not surrendered a goal since the first half of the season-opening victory against Stony Brook, a stretch of 332:25 minutes.

Up Next:
Harvard will visit New Hampshire Wednesday, Sept. 23. Game time at Lewis Fields is slated for 4 p.m.