Harvard Men's Soccer Comes Up Short at Cornell, 3-1

Harvard Men's Soccer Comes Up Short at Cornell, 3-1

Obiajulu Charles Agha tallied his first goal of the season (Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – Obiajulu Charles Agha scored a goal in the first half and Austin Harms recorded four saves, but the Harvard men's soccer team fell on the road at Cornell, 3-1, Saturday afternoon.

Cornell (6-1-3, 2-0-0 Ivy League) came out strong in the opening moments, forcing Harms to make a save on a shot by Stephen Reisert at 1:20. The Crimson responded with scoring chances by Eric Slingerland at 13:27 and another shot by Brian Rogers at 17:31, but both were stopped by Cornell goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer.

Following a foul call against the Big Red, Ross Friedman took a free kick and sent the ball into the box. Agha took the ball and finished to put Harvard (2-7-1, 0-2-0) on top, 1-0, at 32:13.

Cornell mustered two more shots on target, but Harms knocked both away to keep Harvard's 1-0 lead intact heading into the break.

The Big Red knotted the game just 2:14 into the second stanza, as Jimmy Lannon made a long pass to Daniel Haber for a breakaway goal. Less than three minutes later, Cornell grabbed a 2-1 lead when Chase Aaronson accepeted a pass from Haber and chipped a shot over Harms and into the back of the net at 50:08.

Conor Goepel added another goal for Cornell at 67:34, making it a 3-1 game in favor of the Big Red. Tyler Regan set up the play passing the ball in the box to Goepel.

Cornell outshot the Crimson, 13-11, including 7-3 on net. Pflasterer finished with two saves for the Big Red, while Harvard held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

Harvard remains on the road and will face Boston College in a non-conference contest Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.