Michael Innocenzi and the Crimson play four straight home games (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson men's soccer team continues its Ivy League play as Harvard opens up a four game home stand against the Brown Bears Saturday, Oct. 15. The game will be held at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.
Harvard heads into the game 2-8-1 overall and 0-2-0 in league play, while Brown stands at 6-4-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in conference action.
History - Harvard vs. Brown:
This upcoming match will be the 86th matchup and the 63rd consecutive year that the two schools have faced each in men's soccer. Harvard leads the all-time series with a record of 46-27-12. In their last five head-to-head matchups Harvard has Brown's number, going 3-1-1 in that stretch. The Crimson has forced 13 goals against the Bears while only conceding six.
Led by co-captain Tim Linden and Austin Harms, the Harvard defense has made it difficult for opponents to put up points. Coming into the week, Harvard's 1.17 goals against average is ranked 87th in the nation. Harms has been crucial to the defensive effort with three shutouts of his own which ranks tied for fifth in the Ancient Eight.
Offensively, junior forward Brian Rogers leads the Harvard attack with 14 shots on goal in 26 shot attempts. Fellow forwards Zack Wolfenzon and Michael Innocenzi who both have nine shots accompany Rogers and the offense. Rogers paces the team overall with two goals.
Opponents in league play are outscoring the Crimson 4-1 but Harvard holds an edge in shots (30-20) and corners (9-2).
T.J. Popolizio (8-1-7) led the Bears to a 1-0-1 mark last week with a tie at No. 9 St. John's and a 3-2 overtime win against Ancient Eight member Princeton at home. Sean Rosa (4-2-10) and co-captain Taylor Gorman (four assists) also lead the Brown attack.
Co-captain Ryan McDuff and the goalkeeper duo of Sam Kernan-Schloss and Alex Carr lead the Bears defense. The netminders collectively have 33 saves, a 1.14 goals against average and five clean sheets. Kernan-Schloss is tied for second in the Ivy League with three clean sheets while Carr ranks fifth with two.
During halftime of Saturday's game, Will Kohler '97, who will be inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame, will be honored in a brief ceremony. Kohler was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1996 and ranks fifth in program history with 82 points.
Grab an Eraser
Austin Harms is now 11 saves away from tying fifth all-time in saves in program history. In front of him is Steve Kidder '74 with 177 saves. In addition, with 18 clean sheets in his career, the government concentration out of Corona del Mar, Calif., remains just one clean sheet away from tying Chris Johnson '06 (19) for the Harvard program record.
Harvard will continue their home stand as the Crimson will square off against conference opponents Princeton Oct. 22 and Dartmouth Oct. 29.