Harvard Men's Soccer Drops Ivy Opener at Yale, 1-0

Harvard Men's Soccer Drops Ivy Opener at Yale, 1-0

Brian Rogers had six shots, including three on goal against Yale (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard men's soccer team fell in the Ancient Eight opener, dropping a road game at Yale, 1-0, Saturday evening. Austin Harms made one save in net for the Crimson, while Brian Rogers led Harvard with six shots.

The Crimson falls to 0-1 in the Ivy League and 2-6-1 overall, while the Bulldogs move to 1-0 in conference action and 5-4-1 overall.

The Bulldogs scored on the first shot on target of the game, as Chris Dennen beat Harms at 13:17 of the first half. Marcus DiLallo made a long throw toward the front of the net, and Peter Jacobson headed the ball to Dennen. Dennen sent another header into the back of the net, giving Yale a 1-0 edge.

Harvard nearly tied it in the 15th minute when Zack Wolfenzon gained possession of a loose ball off a deflection from a Yale defender and sent a quick shot on net. Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman dove and made the stop. Harvard's  Brian Rogers also had two shots on net later in the frame, but Thalman was there to record saves on both chances.

Through one, Yale had in edge on the scoreboard, 1-0, but the Crimson outshot the Elis, 8-6, after the first 45 minutes. Harvard earned both corner kicks in the stanza, while the Bulldogs were called offside on six occasions.

In the 61st minute, Wolfenzon earned another scoring chance when he turned and drilled a hard shot from 25 yards out, but Thalman batted the ball out of bounds to keep Yale on top. With 13:39 to play, Michael Innocenzi blasted a quick shot at Thalman, but the goalkeeper dove and punched the ball away. With time winding down, Brian Rogers headed a shot on net from about 15 yards out, but the ball bounced once before Thalman grabbed it.

Thalman finished the game with eight saves for Yale, as Harvard outshot the Elis, 19-7, including 11- in the second half. Harvard also earned all five corner kicks in the contest.

The Crimson visits Cornell Saturday, Oct. 8 for an Ivy matchup at 4 p.m.