Rhode Island Slips Past Men’s Soccer, 2-1

Brian Rogers notched his second goal of the season against Rhode Island Sunday (Gil Talbot)
Brian Rogers notched his second goal of the season against Rhode Island Sunday (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A goal in the 72nd minute evened the Crimson with Rhode Island, but a well-placed header six minutes later proved to be the difference as the Harvard men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rams Sunday at Ohiri Field. The Crimson drops to 1-2 on the season while its home record evens out at 1-1.   

Staring a 1-0 deficit in the face midway through the second half, the Crimson strung together a series of nice passes to knot the score at 1-1. Rookie midfilder Tim Schmoll turned on a ball just outside the middle circle and after a few touches, threaded a ball through the Rhode Island defense. Junior Brian Rogers used his body to work his way behind the defense and his shot found the lower left corner of the net for a 1-1 score at 71:14.

An already physical game picked up in intensity as both teams searched for the game-winner, but it was the Rams whose perseverance paid off. Matt Sykes sent a ball into the mixer from the left flank and Ross Morison's header arched just over the head of a sprawling Brett Conrad, giving the Rams a 2-1 lead and the eventual game-winning goal.

Morison started the scoring for the Rams by taking advantage of an errant Harvard pass. An attempted clear was picked off by the Rams' forward and he put the ball away after one move to get around Conrad. Conrad finished the game with a pair of saves while his counterpart, Peyton Warwick, collected nine in the game.

Harvard is back in action Friday, Sept. 16 when it welcomes Massachusetts to Cambridge for a 7 p.m. showdown.