No. 6 Men's Soccer, New Mexico Play to 0-0 Draw

No. 6 Men's Soccer, New Mexico Play to 0-0 Draw

Junior goalkeeper Austin Harms now has 14 shutouts in his career (photo courtesy of David Silverman).

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Austin Harms made seven saves, including six in the second half alone, to earn his 14th career shutout, as the sixth-ranked Harvard men's soccer team earned a 0-0 draw at New Mexico Sunday afternoon.  With the tie, Harvard moves to 2-1-2 on the year, while UNM goes to 3-1-2.

The Crimson managed the only two shots on goal in the first half, a chance by Baba Omosegbon in the sixth minute, and a kick by Brian Rogers later on at 24:58, but both chances were blocked by UNM goalkeeper Justin Holmes.  As the game moved into the second half, Harvard continued to shut down the Lobos, as the Crimson did not allow the first shot on goal of the game until 56:56.

In the 67th minute, Harms was forced to make consecutive stops on kicks by Michael Green to keep the game scoreless. Moments later, recorded his third save in less than two minutes, as he knocked away an attempt by Ryan Farquharson.  In the 78th minute, Harms earned his fifth save of the second half, blocking a header by Green, and later turned aside another header by Devon Sandoval.  For the second half, UNM led in shots, 11-1, but Harms was there to make six saves to send the game to overtime.

In the first extra session, the Crimson came out strong, as Scott Prozeller fired Harvard's first shot on goal since the first half, and the squad earned its first corner kick of the contest in the 96th minute.  In the final stages of the second overtime, Harms stopped a shot on target by Lance Rozeboom and helped created an offensive chance for the Crimson.  Harvard moved the ball down field and Connor McCarthy kicked the ball at the net, but it sailed high and over the goal.    

UNM led in shots, 14-7, and corner kicks, 4-1, in the game, while Holmes made three saves in net for the Lobos.

The Crimson will return East to visit Stony Brook Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.