McCarthy’s Goal in 90th Minute Helps Harvard Men’s Soccer Earn 3-3 Tie Against Colgate

McCarthy’s Goal in 90th Minute Helps Harvard Men’s Soccer  Earn 3-3 Tie Against Colgate

Connor McCarthy's first tally of the season capped a two-goal comeback (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the Crimson trailing, 3-2, Connor McCarthy tied the game at 89:56 to push the game to overtime and help lead the Harvard men's soccer team to a 3-3 tie against Colgate Tuesday evening at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

The Crimson (2-10-3) overcame a two-goal deficit, 3-1, and scored twice in the final 11 minutes of regulation. Austin Harms recorded six saves in net for the Crimson, as he moved to fifth in Harvard history with 182 career saves.

Colgate (10-4-4) struck twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead. Steven Miller tallied both goals, coming at 14:17 and 28:01, and was assisted by Shane Conlin both times. At 37:16, Harvard got on the scoreboard when Tim Lindsen pass the ball toward the top of the box. Teammate Tim Schmoll stepped up and blasted a shot just under the crossbar, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

At the break, Harvard held an edge in corner kicks, 3-1, but trailed in shots, 8-5.

In the 58th minute,  Miller scored his third goal of the game, making it 3-1, as he headed the ball into the net off a cross pass by Jimmy McLaughlin at 57:20.

With less than 11 minutes to play, Colgate was whistled for a foul just to the left of its box. Ross Friedman stepped up and sent the ball in front of the goal. Jamie Rees tipped the ball into the back of the net, getting Harvard back within one, 3-2, at 79:06.

As time wound down in regulation, Friedman dribbled the ball down the right side and sent a pass in front. McCarthy fought off traffic and tipped the ball past Colgate goalkeeper Grant Reed, tying the game at 89:56.

In the first overtime, Harvard's Obiajulu Charles Agha headed a shot on target, but Reed was there to make the save.  Colgate followed with a chance of its own in the second extra session, but Harms turned aside a shot by Barrett Metzger at 100:50.

Colgate led the final count in shots, 15-14, while the Crimson had the advantage in corner kicks, 5-4. Reed finished with two saves in goal for the Raiders.                                                      

Harvard will head on the road to visit Columbia Saturday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.