Harvard Men’s Soccer Falls on Road at Columbia, 2-1

Eric Slingerland and the Crimson will close out the regular season at home against Penn Nov. 12 (Harvard Athletic Communications).

NEW YORK – Connor McCarthy scored a second-half goal for the second straight game, but the Harvard men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss on the road at Columbia Saturday afternoon.

Columbia (8-7-1, 4-2-0 Ivy League) scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead. Ronnie Shaban tallied both scores for the Lions, coming at 15:34 and 26:30. Shaban's first goal came off a penalty kick after Harvard (2-11-3, 0-5-1) was called for a foul in its own box. In the 27th minute, Columbia's Nick Scott sent in a corner, and Shaban headed the ball inside the far post. With four seconds remaining in the opening stanza, Harvard's Pascal Mensah nearly got Harvard on the scoreboard, but his header just before the horn sailed just above the crossbar.

At the half, Columbia held the edge in shots, 6-5, while corner kicks were even, 2-2.

Following a corner kick by Harvard's Ross Friedman in the 55th minute, Richard Smith sent a chest pass to McCarthy who beat Columbia goalkeeper Alexander Aurrichio for a goal, making it 2-1 at 54:38.

Austin Harms started in goal for Harvard and made one save in the first half, while Brett Conrad recorded two stops for the Crimson in the second half. Aurrichio finished with one stop for Columbia.

The Lions led the final count in shots, 10-8, while Harvard owned the advantage corners, 4-3.

The Crimson will conclude the regular season by hosting Penn Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. In a pre-game ceremony, seniors Michael Gomes, Austin Harms, Tim Linden, Baba Omosegbon, Jamie Rees and Ben Tsuda will be honored on Senior Day.