Harvard Men's Soccer Falls in Defensive Contest at Stanford, 1-0

Harvard Men's Soccer Falls in Defensive Contest at Stanford, 1-0

Zack Wolfenzon and the Crimson visit Santa Clara Sunday (Gil Talbot).

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Harvard men's soccer team's comeback attempt on the road at Stanford fell short, as the Crimson suffered a 1-0 loss Friday evening.

Crimson goalkeeper Austin Harms made four stops, as Harvard slips to 2-4 overall on the season.

Following a foul by Harvard deep in its own zone late in the first half, the Cardinal's Eric Anderson took a free kick and sent a cross pass toward the Crimson goal. Adam Jahn jumped and headed the ball past Harms and into the back of the netting, giving Stanford (2-4-1) a 1-0 advantage at 41:08.

The Crimson managed three shots on target in the first half, including one by Zack Wolfenzon immediately following the Cardinal's tally, but Stanford's Jason Dodson stopped each of those chances in the opening frame.

Both teams mustered four shots in the second half, but neither side generated many true scoring chances. With 2:53 remaining, Harvard earned a corner kick and looked to tie the game. Michael Innocenzi sent in the kick from the corner, but the ball was cleared away, as Stanford preserved the win.

The Cardinal held the final count in shots, 14-9, and corner kicks, 5-3. Stanford's Dodson finished with three saves, all in the first half.

Harvard remains on the west coast and will visit Santa Clara Sunday, Sept. 25 for a 5:30 p.m. EST contest.