No. 6 Harvard Visits Providence Tuesday in Final Non-Conference Game of Regular Season

No. 6 Harvard Visits Providence Tuesday in Final Non-Conference Game of Regular Season

Pictured: Senior Desmond Mitchell has scored two goals this fall.
Photo courtesy: Dave Silverman

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The Game:
In its final non-conference game of the regular season, the sixth-ranked Harvard men's soccer team pays a visit to Providence of the Big East conference Tuesday afternoon.  Harvard is coming off a 1-0 win over No. 15 Brown Saturday, while the Friars tied Seton Hall, 1-1, Saturday.

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Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.

Last Time Out:
With the game tied, 0-0, in the 48th minute, Harvard's Andre Akpan notched his team-leading eighth goal of the season after receiving a pass from Brian Rogers.  Akpan's tally, his second game-winning goal of the season, helped Harvard remain unbeaten in Ivy League play, as the team improved to 2-0-1 in the Ancient Eight and 9-2-1 overall.

Series History:
Harvard took a 9-2 all-time series lead against Providence after defeating the Friars, 3-1, last season on Oct. 28, 2008 at Cumnock Turf.  In that contest, Andre Akpan, John Stamatis '09 and Michael Fucito '09 supplied the Crimson offense with a goal apiece.  Harvard has won the last six meetings against Providence and is 3-1 all-time on the road against the Friars.

About Harvard:
The Crimson is looking to reach the 10-win plateau for the fourth straight season after topping Brown Saturday.  Overall, Harvard has outscored opponents, 21-8, this fall, including 12-4 in the second half.  The team has also earned 20 more corner kicks than opponents, 69-49.

Andre Akpan continues to lead Harvard's offensive attack, as he paces the team with 21 points, eight goals and five assists.  Brian Rogers, who leads the Crimson with three game-winning tallies, stands second with five goals and 14 points, while Adam Rousmaniere and Rogers are tied for second on the squad with four assists.  Harvard has also gotten multiple goals from Desmond Mitchell (two goals, one assist) and Jamie Rees (two goals). 

In goal, Austin Harms boasts an 8-2-1 record with an impressive five shutouts.  He also owns a 0.72 goals-against average and save percentage of .814.

About Providence:
The Friars enter Tuesday's game with a 5-5-3 overall mark, but are 0-2-2 in their last four games.  Providence is being outscored, 13-10, this season, but are outshooting teams, 177-155, and have earned more corner kicks than opponents (57-44).

With three goals, Timothy Ritter is Providence's leading goal scorer, while all three of his tallies have counted for game-winners.  Matt Marcin and Daniel Fabian have supplied two goals each, while Marc Cintron leads the way with two assists to his credit.  Between the pipes, Timothy Murray stands at 5-5-1 with six clean sheets, a 0.94 goals-against mark and a save percentage of .803.

Chasing Another Record:
Andre Akpan is four goals shy of tying Chris Ohiri '64 for first on Harvard's all-time career list.  Ohiri netted 47 goals during his stellar career at Harvard.  Akpan currently owns Harvard's all-time points lead with 118 and career assist mark with 32.

Brick Wall:
Austin Harms has recorded five shutouts in his sophomore season for Harvard.  He has earned clean sheets against Boston College, Boston University, New Hampshire, Yale and Brown.

Up Next:
Harvard hosts Princeton in an Ivy League showdown Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m.