Harvard and Haiti drew 11,513 fans for the exhibition Sunday afternoon (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team and the Haitian National Team played to a 0-0 tie before more than 11,000 fans at Harvard Stadium Sunday afternoon. Following regulation, the Crimson and Haiti settled the contest in penalty kicks, with the Haitians winning 4-1.
The game, entitled Haiti Leve, which was held to as a fundraiser to benefit Partners in Health relief efforts in Haiti, drew 11,513 fans. Tickets to the game were $10 for the general public and donations were accepted for this worthy cause with all the proceeds going to Partners in Health. Harvard will soon announce what the monetary donations to Partners in Health will be.
After more than 90 minutes of action, Haiti and Harvard decided the contest in penalty kicks. Junior Clairssainvil converted the first try, beating Harvard's Brett Conrad. The Crimson evened the PKs, 1-1, when Scott Prozeller fired a shot past Peterson Occenat. After Haiti's Jean Garry Rubin put his team up by one, Ben Tsuda missed on his chance, as Haiti led, 2-1. Fritzson Jean Baptiste made Haiti's next attempt, giving his team a 3-1 edge in penalty kicks. Zack Wolfenzon took Harvard's next kick, but Occenat made the save. Bony Pierre clinched the penalty kick win for Haiti, as he made it 4-1 with a goal on the Haitian's fourth chance.
Harvard enjoyed multiple offensive opportunities in the first half, including two shots on net around the 30-minute mark. Ben Tsuda fired a shot just wide of the goal from 20 yards out at 27:50 and then Kyle Henderson fired a shot on target, but Haiti goal Peterson Occenat made the stop at 29:47. Following a corner kick off the foot of Prozeller, Tim Linden put a shot on net, but Occenat recorded another save.
The Crimson had its best chance of the opening frame at 37:56, when Connor McCarthy booted a shot from directly in front of the Haitian goal. Occenat made the save, and a chance moments later by Jamie Rees was blocked in front by a Haitian defender. The Crimson outshot Haiti, 10-4, in the first half, including 4-0 on net.
In the 56th minute, Haiti mustered two shots, as Jean Garry Rubin booted a chance that was blocked, and then Joseph Nicodeme Beauge forced Conrad, who took over in the Crimson's net at halftime, to make Harvard's first save of the day. In the 66th minute, Haiti stole the ball deep in the Crimson zone, allowing Wilde Donald Guerrier to have an open shot on Conrad from 20 yards out on the right side. The ball bounced twice, but Conrad picked it up and cleared it away.
In the final minutes of play, Harvard earned a corner kick at 83:21, but Linden's chance was blocked aside by the Haitian defense. In the 90th minute, Haiti's Ricardo Charles dribbled the ball down the left side and sent a shot that sailed just over an outstretched Conrad and over the Harvard goal.
The Crimson earned one final opportunity to score in stoppage time, as Kevin Harrington blasted a shot from 20 yards out, forcing Occenat to bat the ball over the goal, creating a corner kick for the Crimson.
Harvard owned the final count in shots, 13-10, while Haiti led in corner kicks, 8-5. Conrad made two saves for the Crimson, while Occenat recorded four stops, all in the first half.