Men's Soccer Returns to Action, Hosts UMass Friday Evening

The Game:
The Crimson men's soccer team looks to snap a two-game losing streak, as Harvard hosts Massachusetts under the lights at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Harvard heads into the game 1-2 overall, while the Minutemen are 1-4.

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The Matchup:
The Crimson and Minutemen have played 20 times since 1975, and Harvard owns a 15-3-2 lead in the series. The Crimson boasts a 8-0-1 mark in the last nine contests and earned a 3-2 victory last season in Amherst on Sept. 6.

About Harvard:
Harvard is led offensively by Brian Rogers, who has scored both goals for the Crimson this fall. Tim Schmoll and Tim Linden have handed out one assist each.

Austin Harms and Brett Conrad have each started games in net for Harvard. Harms is 1-1 with one shutout and eight saves, to go along with a 1.00 goals-against average. Conrad stands at 0-1 with a 2.00 goals-against mark and two stops.

Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 4-2, overall and 2-0 in the first half of contest. The Crimson owns an advantage in shots, 35-30, but trails in corner kicks, 16-10.

About Massachusetts:
After dropping three straight games to start the season, the Minutemen earned a 1-0 victory in double overtime against New Hampshire at the Vermont Classic Sept. 9. UMass is coming off a 1-0 loss to Vermont Sept. 11, as they carry a 1-4 record into the game against the Crimson.

Bryant Craft netted the game-winner for UMass against New Hampshire, the Minutemen's only goal of the fall. Craft also paced UMass with eight shots, while Dominic Skrajewski has one assist.

UMass has utilized two goalkeepers, with Shane Curran-Hays owning a 1-2 record with one shutout and 13 saves. He also boasts a 0.93 goals-against average and a .812 save percentage. Brian Frame stands at 0-2 with a 2.50 goals-against average and has turned aside six shots.

The Minutemen have been outscored, 8-1, and have been outshot, 60-43. Corner kicks are even, 17-17.

Clean Sheets:
With 17 shutouts in his career, Austin Harms is just two clean sheet away from tying Chris Johnson '06 (19) for the Harvard program record. Harms has one shutout this fall, having shut down Northeastern, 1-0, in the season opener Sept. 4. Harms is also sixth in program history with 147 saves, 30 shy from tying Steve Kidder '74 (177).

Night Caps:
Harvard is 2-1 in night games played at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium since the venue opened prior to last season. The Crimson defeated Stanford, 2-1, under the lights Sept. 4, 2010, and held off Northeastern, 1-0, Sept. 4 of this season.

Up Next:
Harvard will visit Vermont Sunday afternoon before heading west to visit Stanford Sept. 23 and Santa Clara Sept. 25. The Crimson then returns home to host Boston University Sept. 28.