Men's Soccer Carries Winning Streak into Home Ivy Matchup with Cornell

Men's Soccer Carries Winning Streak into Home Ivy Matchup with Cornell

Freshman Kyle Henderson has a team-best three assists this season (Gil Talbot).

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The Game:
Harvard has won its last two games and enters the game against Cornell with an 1-0-0 Ivy League mark after defeating Yale, 1-0, last Saturday at Ohiri Field.

The Crimson  stands at 4-3-3 overall, while the Big Red owns a 3-3-3 overall record and 0-1-0 mark in the Ancient Eight after falling to Penn, 1-0, last week.

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

The Matchup:
Harvard leads the all-time series against Cornell, 37-20-14, with the first game being held back in 1907, a 5-1 victory for the Crimson.  Harvard is 3-0-1 in the last four games against its Ivy League rival, winning three straight from 2006-2008, and tying Cornell, 1-1, last season in Ithaca, N.Y., on Oct. 10.

About Harvard:
The Crimson carries a 2-1-0 home record into the game with the Big Red, defeating Stanford and Yale, but falling to Providence.  Last time out, Connor McCarthy tallied the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory at Holy Cross Wednesday.

With three goals and an assist, Brian Rogers paces the Crimson in scoring with seven points.  Scott Prozeller (2-1-5) ranks second in goals and is tied with Kyle Henderson (1-3-5) for second in points.  

Goalkeeper Austin Harms has recorded 15 shutouts in his career, placing him only four behind Ryan Johnson '06 for first in program history (19).  He also stands sixth in school history with 116 saves.  Harms boasts a 3-3-2 record this season with 24 saves and a 1.18 goals-against average.  Brett Conrad earned a 1-0 shutout against Holy Cross, stopping three shots, and improving his record to 1-0-1 with a 0.45 goals-against mark this fall.

About Cornell:
The Big Red is 0-1-2 in its last three games after tying Syracuse, 1-1, and Binghamton, 0-0, and falling to Penn, 1-0, in its Ivy League opener.  Cornell owns a 0-2-1 record in road contests this season.

Through nine games, Chase Aaronson (2-1-5) and Franck  Onambele (2-0-4) are tied for the team lead with two goals apiece. Aaronson is also tied with Jimmy Lannon (1-3-5) with five points.

In net, Rick Pflasterer has played every minute, going 3-3-3 with two clean sheets, a 0.93 goals-against mark and 31 saves.

Cornell has outscored opponents by a 10-9 margin and leads in corner kicks earned, 51-31.

Defense Wins Games:
Harvard has shut out its last two opponents and has only allowed 11 goals in 10 games this season, including all three scores in its last two games.  The Crimson has also tallied 11 goals this season, while opponents are outshooting Harvard, 122-111, and have earned more corner kick chances, 39-32.

Down The Stretch:
With seven games remaining on its schedule, Harvard plays three of those games at home. The Crimson is tied with Brown, Penn and Princeton atop the Ivy League standings with a 1-0-0 mark.  

Around The Ivy League Today:
In other games in the conference Saturday, Brown visits Princeton at 4 p.m., Dartmouth plays host to Yale at 7 p.m. and Penn welcomes Columbia for a 7 p.m. matchup.

Up Next:
The Crimson plays an Ivy road game at Brown Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.