No. 6 Men's Soccer Plays to 1-1 Tie at No. 10 Connecticut

No. 6 Men's Soccer Plays to 1-1 Tie at No. 10 Connecticut

Sophomore Zack Wolfenzon gave Harvard a 1-0 lead in the first half (David Silverman Photography).

STORRS, Conn. – Despite being outshot, 25-6, the sixth-ranked Harvard men's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw at No. 10 Connecticut Saturday evening.  With the tie, the Crimson remains unbeaten at 2-0-1 on the season, while the Huskies move to 3-0-1. 

Midway through a physical and competitive first half, Zack Wolfenzon broke a scoreless tie by placing a shot over UConn goalkeeper Josh Ford and into the top left corner of the net.  Tim Linden and Jamie Rees earned assists on the play as Harvard went ahead, 1-0, at 18:00. 

The Huskies had the next eight shots before scoring on a penalty kick after a handball call in the Crimson box at 43:05.  Stephane Diop lined up and beat Harvard's Austin Harms with a shot, tying the game just before halftime.  At the midway point, UConn led in shots, 11-2, and earned all three corner kicks of the first half.

In the 63rd minute, Harvard withstood a surge by the Huskies, as the Crimson defense blocked a shot by Tony Cascio, and moments later, Mamadou Diouf saw his shot from the top of the box hit the post.  Late in the second, Harvard's Richard Smith headed a shot on net after a corner kick, but Ford was there to make the save and preserve the 1-1 score. 

In the first extra session, Brian Rogers nearly ended the game in favor of the Crimson, but his try from the top of the box hit the crossbar at 93:37. 

Harms finished the game with three saves, while Ford also recorded three stops.  UConn had nine corner kicks, compared to one for the Crimson.   

Up next, Harvard will travel to New Mexico for two games, beginning with a showdown against No. 24 UC Santa Barbara Friday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. EST.