Northeastern Tops Men’s Soccer, 1-0, in Non-Conference Bout

Northeastern Tops Men’s Soccer, 1-0, in Non-Conference Bout

Kyle Henderson collected two shots against Northeastern Sunday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

A late goal by the host Northeastern Huskies proved to be the difference as the Harvard men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision on the road Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Crimson to 0-1-1 while the Huskies remain undefeated at 3-0-0 on the season.

The Crimson was able to apply pressure early, earning a corner kick within the first two minutes and seeing Kyle Henderson post the first shot on net of the game. The Harvard defense was put to the test as the hosts earned eight corner kicks in the opening half, the Crimson back line stayed true, limiting the Huskies to six shots in the stanza. Michael Innocenzi had the final look of the half, but the Northeastern goalie made the save to keep the game scoreless through 45 minutes.

The hosts came out gunning to start the second half, firing off five shots to Harvard's two through the first 18 minutes. The Huskies finally managed to break the scoreless tie in the 64th minute when Don Anding fired a shot towards the Harvard net that goalie Evan Mendez saved, but Donovan Fayd was there to clean up the rebound for a 1-0 lead. Harvard had two corner kicks in the final 11 minutes but was unable to find the equalizer in the 1-0 defeat.

Northeastern held the edge in shots (13-11) and corner kicks (10-5). Mendez made five saves for the Crimson in the loss. Harvard is back in action Friday for its home opener as it welcomes Michigan State to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium for a 4 p.m. game.