Crimson Men's Soccer Set to Host Penn on Senior Day Saturday

Crimson Men's Soccer Set to Host Penn on Senior Day Saturday

The Harvard Class of 2012 helped the Crimson win the Ivy League title in 2009 and reach the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2009 (Harvard Athletic Commnunications).

The Game:
The Harvard men's soccer team concludes the 2011 regular season by hosting Penn to the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Harvard sits at 2-11-3 overall on the season, while the Quakers are 7-7-2.

The Matchup:
Saturday's game will mark the 73rd match between Harvard and Penn in men's soccer. The Crimson leads the overall series with a mark of 36-31-5. Harvard has won three of the last four decisions by a one-goal margin, which includes last year's 2-1 overtime win at Penn. 

Thank You Seniors:
Prior to the game against Penn, Harvard will honor seniors Michael Gomes, Austin Harms, Tim Linden, Tsiu Moorosi, Baba Omosegbon, Jamie Rees and Ben Tsuda will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. This group of seniors helped Harvard reach the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2009 and capture the Ivy League crown during their sophomore season.

About Harvard:
Connor McCarthy tallied the lone goal off a chest pass from Richard Smith in a 2-1 loss at Columbia. McCarthy has now scored in consecutive games after scoring the game-tying goal against Colgate, which resulted in a 3-3 draw. Brian Rogers, Obiajuju Charles Agha and McCarthy are tied for the team lead in goals with two. Ross Friedman has also contributed to the Crimson offense with a team best five assists, which ranks tied for fifth in the Ivy League.

Austin Harms have the majority of minutes in the net for Harvard this season. In 13 games played this season, Harms is 2-8-2 this season with a 1.60 goals against average, to go along with 44 saves.  Harvard, which is 0-5-1 in the Ivy, is outshooting teams, 184-181, while opponents have a slight edge in corner kicks, 64-63, and goals, 24-12.

About Penn:
The Quakers sit in sixth place in the Ivy League with a 2-4-0 conference mark and are 3-3-1 overall on the road this fall. Offensively, the team is led by Christian Barreiro (7-5-19), Stephen Baker (5-2-12) and Duke Lacoix (5-2-12). In conference play this fall, Barreiro has fired off 24 shots, which leads all Ivy League forwards.

In goal, Max Kurtzman has started 14 games and is 6-6-2 with two shutouts to his credit. He holds a 1.17 goals-against average and has made 41 saves to go along with a .707 save percentage.

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

Moving Up in the Record Books:
With 183 career saves, Harms now 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.