Men's Soccer Opens Ivy Play by Hosting Yale Saturday

Men's Soccer Opens Ivy Play by Hosting Yale Saturday

Junior Tim Linden and the Crimson are 1-1-0 at home this season (photo courtesy of David Silverman).

Live Statistics
Ivy League Standings

The Game:
Harvard looks to snap a two-game losing streak and opens Ivy League play by hosting archrival Yale at Ohiri Field.   

The Crimson owns a 1-1-0 record at home this season after defeating then-No. 13 Stanford, 2-1, Sept. 4, and falling to Providence, 2-1, Wednesday evening.  Harvard  heads into Ivy League play with a 2-3-3 overall mark, while the Bulldogs own a 1-7-1 record in their non-conference games this fall.

Follow From Home:
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's home game against Yale.

Last Time Out:
Jamie Rees scored a goal in the 47th minute, and Austin Harms recorded two saves, but the Crimson dropped a non-conference matchup to Providence Wednesday.

A History Lesson:
The Crimson and Bulldogs have played 96 times, with the series beginning in 1907 with a 1-1 tie.  Harvard leads the series, 50-36-10, and has won the last four games against Yale. Last season, Harvard topped  its archrival, 1-0, in double overtime, as Brian Rogers scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute to lift the Crimson to a win on Oct. 3, 2009.

Returning to Ohiri Field:
Today's game against Yale will be the first for Harvard on Ohiri Field this season.  Last fall, the Crimson boasted an 8-2-0 record on Ohiri Field.

About Harvard:
Brian Rogers, who assisted on the Crimson's goal against Providence Wednesday, leads the squad in scoring with three goals and seven points.  Kyle Henderson (1-2-4), Jamie Rees (1-1-3), Scott Prozeller (1-1-3), Zack Wolfenzon (1-0-2) and Ross Friedman (1-0-2) have also found the back of the net this fall.  Rogers and Friedman are tied for the team lead with one game-winning tally apiece.

Austin Harms has one shutout this season, giving him 14 in his career, which ranks him second in school history. He boasts a 2-3-2 record with a 1.34 goals-agianst average and 23 saves. Harms also stands sixth in program history with 115 saves.

Harvard has scored nine goals this season, compared to 11 by opponents. In its two home games, Harvard and its opponents have both tallied a total of three goals. The Crimson has also earned 24 corner kicks, while opponents have 35.

About Yale:
The Bulldogs have dropped two straight games, including a 2-1 loss at home to No. 18 St. John's Tuesday.  Yale owns an 0-2-1 record on the road.

Andy Hackbarth and Andy Shoren are tied for the team lead with two goals and four points each.  Hackbarth also tallied Yale's lone game-winner this fall, coming in a 2-1 overtime victory over Sacred Heart.

Bobby Thalman has started all nine games in goal and is 1-7-1 with one clean sheet and a 1.47 goals-against average.

Defense Wins Games:
Harvard has allowed two goals or less in all eight of its games this season.  The Crimson has also surrendered one goal or fewer in four contests.  Harvard is 1-0-3 when it allowed one goal or less.

Up Next:
The Crimson faces intrastate rival Holy Cross in a non-conference matchup Wednesday, Oct. 6. Harvard then returns home to face Cornell in the squad's second Ivy League game of the year.  That contest will be played at Ohiri Field Saturday, Oct. 9.