No. 10 Men's Soccer Improves to 2-0 with 3-2 Win at Massachusetts

No. 10 Men's Soccer Improves to 2-0 with 3-2 Win at Massachusetts

Brian Rogers tallied a goal for the second straight game, helping No. 10 Harvard start its season 2-0 (David Silverman Photography).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Scott Prozeller, Brian Rogers and Ross Friedman each tallied a goal to propel the No. 10 Harvard men's soccer team to a 3-2 non-conference victory at Massachusetts Monday afternoon.  Austin Harms made one save on the day to help the Crimson improve its early season record to 2-0-0 and extend the team's unbeaten streak against UMass to nine games (8-0-1). 

Just under midway through the first half, Harvard was called for a foul in the box, giving UMass (0-1-1) a penalty kick attempt.  Bryan Craft took the ensuing chance for the Minutemen and buried a shot past Harms at 18:21, putting UMass ahead with the game's first score.

In a physical first half that saw 24 fouls and two yellow cards, the Crimson mustered seven shots, but only one on net until the 44:47 mark.  Kyle Henderson took a corner kick for Harvard and Connor McCarthy blasted the ball on net.  McCarthy's shot created a rebound and Prozeller controlled the ball and fired a shot into the net, tying the game just before the break.

Harvard tacked on another goal early in the second frame at 48:27, as Robert Millock placed a cross pass on the foot of Rogers.  Rogers shot the ball just inside the right post, giving the Crimson a 2-1 lead.  In the 57th minute, the Minutemen created two chances to tie the game, but a shot by Ben Arikian was blocked in front, and seconds later, Stuart Amick hit the crossbar with his attempt.

In the 71st minute, Friedman extended Harvard's lead to 3-1 as he netted the first goal of his career.  Henderson was credited with his second assist of the afternoon as he crossed a pass from the right, and Friedman headed the ball into the goal.  Late in the 85th minute, Amick pulled the Minutemen within one goal, scoring from a shot inside the box at 84:58. 

Up next, Harvard, which looks to begin a season at 3-0 for a second-straight season, will visit Connecticut Sept. 11 for a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m.