Rogers's Goal in 90th Minute Helps No. 21 Men’s Soccer Earn 1-1 Tie at Stony Brook

Rogers's Goal in 90th Minute Helps No. 21 Men’s Soccer  Earn 1-1 Tie at Stony Brook

Sophomore Brian Rogers leads Harvard with three goals this fall (Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications).

Sophomore Brian Rogers scored on a shot from 15 yards out at 89:22 to help the No. 21 Harvard men's soccer team play to a 1-1 tie at Stony Brook Friday evening.  Rogers, who leads Harvard with three goals this season, finished the game with two of the Crimson's three shots on target, while goalkeeper Brett Conrad recorded three saves.  The Crimson moves to 2-1-3, while the Seawolves go to 4-4-1 on the season. 

In the first half of action, neither team created much offense, as the Seawolves managed three shots and the Crimson fired only two.  Conrad made the lone save of the first stanza, stopping a header by Mame Samb at 17:39. 

Early in the second, the Crimson was whistled for a foul in the box, creating a penalty-kick situation for the Seawolves.  Stony Brook's Berian Gobeil took the ensuing kick and buried a shot past Conrad, making it 1-0 in favor of the Seawolves.  In the 69th minute, Conrad recorded his second save, blocking a shot by Leonardo Fernandes and keeping Harvard within one score.  Conrad came up with another save in the 83rd minute, as he once again turned aside a chance by Fernandes.

With time winding down in the final stages of the second half, the Crimson's offense began to surge, as Jamie Rees fired a shot high of the bar at 88:22.  Exactly one minute later, Rogers deflected a shot off a defender and into the back of the net from the right center of the box, sending the game to overtime. 

In the first extra session, Harvard had three shots blocked before Zack Wolfenzon was able to get through a shot on goal.  Stony Brook goalkeeper Stefan Manz made the save at 99:37.  The Crimson also managed the only shot on target in the second overtime, but Manz blocked away at header by Rogers at 101:25.    

Stony Brook outshot Harvard, 14-11, and earned more corner kicks, 6-2.  The Crimson will now visit local rival Boston University Sunday evening at 7 p.m.