Men's Soccer Heads to Cornell, Looks to Get Back on Winning Track

Men's Soccer Heads to Cornell, Looks to Get Back on Winning Track

Jamie Rees and the Crimson have only allowed nine goals this fall (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Crimson men's soccer team continues its Ivy League play as Harvard travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.

Harvard heads into the game 2-6-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league play, while the Big Red stands at 5-1-3 on the season and 1-0-0 in league play.

Follow From Home:
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's contest. 

The Matchup:
Harvard and Cornell men's soccer have been competing with each other since 1907 and have played every year since 1955. In the last five matches against Cornell, Harvard has not lost a match to the Big Red dating back to October 7, 2006. Last season, the Crimson remained in a deadlock with the Big Red after two overtime periods in a 1-1 draw. Historically, the all-time series lead is in favor of Harvard with an advantage of 37-20-15 over Cornell.

About Harvard:
The Crimson are coming off consecutive losses against archrival Yale (Oct. 1), 1-0, and a local rival Boston University (Sept. 28), 2-1. Offensively, forward Brian Rogers, leads Harvard with two goals in eight games played. Scott Prozeller and Zack Wolfenzon have also scored goals for the Crimson.

Goalkeepers Austin Harms and Brett Conrad have each started multiple games for the Crimson. Harms stands at 2-4-0 with two shutouts and a 0.91 goals-against average. He has also made 19 saves on the year. Conrad is 0-2-1 with a 1.10 goals-against mark with nine saves this season.

Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 9-4, and have an edge in corner kicks, 46-27.

About Cornell:
The Big Red have now extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a dramatic 1-0 finish at Penn in regulation (Sept. 26) and a 1-1 draw at St. Bonaventure (Oct. 1).

Cornell holds the conference lead in goals against average with 0.67 goals in 870 minutes of play. This is led by goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer, who has five clean sheets in nine games played. 

Daniel Haber (4-3-11) and Patrick Slogic (2-2-6) command the Big Red offense that has scored 15 goals during the 2011 campaign. In addition, Cornell is overwhelming their opponents in shots, 159-76, and corners, 61-32.

One More:
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. The junior from Corona del Mar, Calif. has two shutouts this season against Northeastern, 1-0, and Massachusetts, 1-0. Harms is also sixth in program history with 158 saves, 23 shy from tying Steve Kidder '74 (177).

Not So Easy:
Harvard has not allowed more than two goals dating back to Oct. 30, 2010 at Dartmouth. During the 2011 campaign, the Crimson 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 conclude its three game road trip at Boston College Oct. 11 and then return home to play conference foe Brown Oct. 15.