Harvard Men’s Soccer Ties Cape Verde All-Stars 1-1 in Exhibition Fundraiser, Cape Verde Takes PKs, 7-6

Harvard Men’s Soccer Ties Cape Verde All-Stars 1-1 in Exhibition Fundraiser, Cape Verde Takes PKs, 7-6

The Harvard men's soccer team played the Cape Verde All-Stars to a 1-1 draw (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The Harvard men's soccer team hosted the Cape Verde All-Star team in an exhibition match Friday night to benefit Coaches Across Continents and the Cape Verde Football Federation in front of 1,176 fans at Harvard Stadium. Cape Verdean led most of the second half, 1-0, before Harvard's Zack Wolfenzon tied the score in extra time. With the match officially ending in a tie, Cape Verde outscored the Crimson, 7-6, in nine frames of penalty kicks.

Coaches Across Continents is an international development organization that educates local communities to design and implement social development programs using soccer as the teaching tool. The Coaches Across Continents organization was founded by Seamus Malin '62, who was on hand at the game, and Nick Gates '91.

A collection was also taken during the game to benefit the Cape Verdean Football Federation.

Harvard had three shots in the first half, while Cape Verde took seven. Connor McCarthy was the lone Crimson to get an attempt on goal, a deflection off of a long pass that went to Cape Verde's goalies hands. Cape Verde had three shots on target in the first 45 minutes, as each was denied by Harvard goalkeeper Brett Conrad.

Cape Verde took two corner kicks in the first half.

The Cape Verde All-Stars broke the scoreless tie in the 51st minute. Zico Antunes controlled a corner kick on the far side of the goal, ripped a shot that Conrad saved, before Danny Xavier knocked in the rebound at 50:06.

Harvard had a pair of scoring chances in the 59th minute when a header in the middle was blocked and a crossing pass from Hiroki Kobayashi nearly found the back of the net. Kobayashi's pass hit the side of the defender's leg, took one hop and looked like it was headed to the right corner of the goal, but Cape Verde's goalkeeper changed direction to make a diving save just before the ball crossed the line.

The Crimson's scoring chances continued in the 74th minute when Zack Wolfenzon headed a throw-in on net, straight into Cape Verde's goalkeeper.  

Harvard had two more chances to tie the score in regulation, with four minutes and two minutes left. Kobayashi sent a header just wide of the left post at the 76-minute mark and Michael Innocenzi took a blast from 15 yards out that Cape Verde's goalkeeper tipped just over the crossbar.

In extra time, Tim Schmoll slipped a pass to his left, finding Wolfenzon in the center of the box. Wolfenzon ripped a quick shot that hit just underneath the cross bar, tying the game, 1-1.

The Crimson took 11 shots in the game, with five on target, while Cape Verde had 17 shots and seven on net.

Conrad made six saves in the contest.

To break the 1-1 tie following regulation, the team's engaged in a best-of-five penalty kick series. Harvard and Cape Verde were tied after five stanzas, 4-4, before the Crimson fell, 7-6, in nine frames.

Harvard will host another charity game Sunday at 5 p.m., when the Haiti National Team visits Harvard Stadium.