Men's Soccer Opens Ivy Play, Visits Yale Saturday Evening

Men's Soccer Opens Ivy Play, Visits Yale Saturday Evening

Kyle Henderson and the Crimson have won five straight against Yale (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Crimson men's soccer team begins its Ivy League play and first of  three road games as Harvard takes on long-time archrival rival Yale at Reese Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m.

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

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The Matchup:
Harvard and Yale men's soccer have been competing with each other since 1907 and have played every year since 1922. Last season, the Crimson squeaked out a 1-0 victory in Cambridge to extend its winning streak to five against the Bulldogs. Historically, the all-time series lead is in favor of Harvard with an advantage of 51-36-10 over Yale.

About Harvard:
The Crimson are coming off a 2-1 loss against local rival Boston University and a scoreless tie against Santa Clara. The Harvard offense is led by Brian Rogers, who has scored twice this season on 17 shots. Scott Prozeller and Zack Wolfenzon have also scored goals for Harvard.

Netminders Austin Harms and Brett Conrad have each started multiple games for the Crimson. Harms stands at 2-3-0 with two shutouts and a 0.783 goals-against average. He has also made 18 saves on the year. Conrad is 0-2-1 with a 1.10 goals-against mark in 245 minutes of action.

Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 8-4, and have an edge in corner kicks, 46-27.

About Yale:
After a 3-1 bounce back performance against Rhode Island, the Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 loss in double overtime against newly ranked No. 1 Connecticut.

 Brad Rose (3-5-11) and Jenner Fox (3-3-9) spark the Bulldogs offense that leads the Ivy League in shots and assists per game. Peter Jacobson, (4-0-8) is the leader in goals scored for the Bulldogs. In net, Bobby Thalman has started all nine games at goalkeeper and has a league-leading 49 saves and .845 save percentage.

Yale has outscored opponents 16-9 but has lost every time they have been shutout. However, Yale is 4-0-1 when they do score and have scored 11 goals in its last five games.

Keep Your Sheets Clean:
With 18 shutouts in his career, Austin Harms remains just one clean sheet away from tying Chris Johnson '06 (19) for the Harvard program record. Harms has two shutouts this season against Northeastern, 1-0, and Massachusetts, 1-0. Also, Harms is also sixth in program history with 157 saves, 24 shy from tying Steve Kidder '74 (177).

Protecting The Goal:
Harvard has not allowed more than two goals in during the 2011 campaign and averages just 1.0 goals surrendered per game. Overall, the Crimson has three clean sheets on the season, which is third in the Ivy League.

Up Next:
Harvard will continue Ivy League play by visiting Cornell Saturday, Oct. 8 for a 4 p.m. contest. The Crimson will then conclude its three game road series at Boston College Oct. 11 and then return home to play Brown Oct. 15.