Crimson Men's Soccer Heads to Columbia for Ivy Contest Saturday Afternoon

Crimson Men's Soccer Heads to Columbia for Ivy Contest Saturday Afternoon

Jamie Rees and the Crimson have tied their last two opponents (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard men's soccer team will play its last away game this season, as the Crimson travels to Columbia for an Ivy League game Saturday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

Harvard sits at 2-10-3 overall and 0-4-1 in the Ivy, while the Lions are 7-7-1 and 3-2 in the Ancient Eight.

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

The Matchup:
The Crimson leads the all-time series against Columbia, 35-21-5. Harvard's winning streak of five straight wins against the Lions dating back to Nov. 5, 2005 was snapped last year in a 1-0 loss at home on Nov. 6.

About Harvard:
Tim Schmoll, Jamie Rees, and Connor McCarthy all scored for Harvard in a come from behind 3-3 tie against a poised Colgate attack Nov. 1. McCarthy tied the game with just four seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Brian Rogers (2-0-4) and Obiajulu Agha (2-0-4) and Ross Friedman (four assists) are tied for the team lead in points, while Schmoll, Michael Innocenzi and Ivy League Rookie of the Week Hiroki Kobayashi have also found the back of the net recently this season.

Austin Harms and Brett Conrad have both started multiple games in net for the Crimson. Harms is 2-7-2 with two clean sheets and a 1.50 goals-against average, to go along with 43 saves. Conrad has recorded one shutout and made 10 saves. Conrad also owns a 1.07 goals-against mark.

Harvard is outshooting teams, 176-171, while opponents have an edge in corner kicks, 61-59, and goals, 22-11.

About Columbia:
The Lions come into this match earning a 3-2 mark in their last five games. In that span, Columbia earned victories against Princeton (2-1), Yale (1-0) and Adelphi (2-1). Currently, the Lions are just two points out of first place in the Ivy League.

Offensively, Columbia's top goal scorer, junior forward Will Stamatis has found the back of the net six times this season. Stamatis has scored three goals against Ivy opponents, which puts him tied for second in goals scored in conference play. Other contributors of the Columbia attack include Henning Sauerbier (4-3-11), Nick Scott (five assists) and captain Mike Mazzullo (four assists). The Lions attack has outshot opponents this season 164-134. Despite that, opponents still have outscored Columbia 19-15.

Seniors Alexander Aurrichio, Ronnie Shaban and Jesse Vella lead the Lions' defense this fall.  Aurrichio has blocked 26 shots in 12 starts this season while Shaban and Vella are two of only three Lions that have started every game this season. Collectively, Columbia's defense has earned three shutouts this 2011 campaign with two of the clean sheets belonging to Aurrichio.

Extra Credit Hours:
Harvard is unbeaten in overtime this season, going 1-0-3. The Crimson defeated Massachusetts and earned ties against Santa Clara, Dartmouth and Colgate.

Pesky Freshman:
The Crimson's last three games have seen freshman Michael Innocenzi, Hiroki Kobayashi and Tim Schmoll score goals.

Moving Up:
With 182 career saves, Austin Harms now stands at fifth all-time in saves in program history. In addition, with 18 clean sheets in his career, the government concentration out of Corona del Mar, Calif., remains just one shutout away from tying Chris Johnson '06 (19) for the Harvard program record. Harms has two clean sheets this season after recording three as a junior, seven as a sophomore and six as a freshman.

Up Next:
Harvard will host Penn in the final game of the regular season at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, seniors Michael Gomes, Tsiu Moorosi, Austin Harms, Tim Linden, Baba Omosegbon, Jamie Rees and Ben Tsuda will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.