Men's Soccer Returns Home, Faces Boston University Wednesday Evening

Men's Soccer Returns Home, Faces Boston University Wednesday Evening

Ross Friedman and the Crimson are 2-1 at home this fall (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Crimson men's soccer team returns home after three games on the road, as Harvard hosts local rival Boston University at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Harvard heads into the game 2-4-1 overall, while the Terriers sit at 2-5 on the season.

Follow From Home:
Weather permitting, live statistics will be available for Wednesday's contest. 

The Matchup:
Harvard and BU have met in each of the last four years, with each team winning two games over that span. Last season, the Terriers earned a 2-1 victory in Boston. Historically, the Crimson owns a 23-12-7 advantage in the all-time series, which began back in 1951.

About Harvard:
Harvard is led offensively by Brian Rogers, who has scored two goals this season and paces the Crimson with 17 shots and nine shots on goal. Scott Prozeller has also netted a goal for Harvard this fall.

Austin Harms and Brett Conrad have each started multiple games in net for Harvard. Harms stands at 2-3 with two shutouts and a 0.79 goals-against average. He has also made 15 saves on the year. Conrad recorded a shutout against Santa Clara Sept. 25 and is 0-1-1 with a 0.90 goals-against mark.

Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 6-3, and have an edge in corner kicks, 42-25.

About Boston University:
After snapping a four-game losing streak by defeating Massachusetts on the road Sept. 17, the Terriers are coming off a 2-0 loss at Brown Sept. 23.

Stephen Knox (2-0-4) and Dominique Badji (1-2-4) are tied for the BU lead in scoring. Cameron Souri (1-1-3) and James Holler (1-0-2) have also tallied goals for the Terriers. Knox and Souri have each tallied game-winning goals for BU this season. 

Nick Thomson has started six of the seven games at goalkeeper and boasts a 2-4 record with 20 saves and a .741 save percentage. He also has a 1.15 goals-against average.

The Terriers have been outscored, 8-5, overall, including 4-2 in the first half of contests this fall. BU does own an edge in corner kicks, 31-27, and have also twice as many corners as opponents in the second half of contests (20-11).

Clean Sheets:
With 18 shutouts in his career, Austin Harms is just one clean sheet away from tying Chris Johnson '06 (19) for the Harvard program record. Harms has two shutouts this fall, having shut down Northeastern, 1-0, and Massachusetts, 1-0. Harms is also sixth in program history with 154 saves, 27 shy from tying Steve Kidder '74 (177).

Defense First:
Harvard has now allowed more than two goals in a game this season and has only surrendered a total of two goals in the last four games, earning shutouts against Massachusetts and Santa Clara. Overall, the Crimson has three clean sheets on the season.

Up Next:
Harvard will open Ivy League play by visiting archrival Yale Saturday, Oct. 1 for a 7 p.m. contest. The Crimson will then remain on the road to play at Cornell Oct. 8 and at Boston College Oct. 11.