Men’s Soccer Rallies Late, Falls to SMU, 3-2, in Double Overtime

Men’s Soccer Rallies Late, Falls to SMU, 3-2, in Double Overtime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team scored two goals to tie the game in the second half, but lost to Southern Methodist, 3-2, in double overtime Sunday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Harvard (1-2-1) outshot SMU (2-2-1), 11-6, in the first half, but was unable to find the back of the net. The Mustangs; however, struck twice on goals by senior Ben Hill and freshman Jacob Gandarilla.

Harvard got on the board in the 60th minute when senior captain Scott Prozeller headed in a cross pass off a free kick from sophomore David Barna. With less than 10 minutes to go in the second stanza, freshman Oliver White scored on a shot from the top of the box to tie the game and notch his first collegiate goal. Freshman keeper Joe Festa saved a shot by SMU senior Tyler Engel to preserve the tie and force overtime. Festa finished with six saves.

The Crimson did not take a shot in the first overtime. SMU had a chance on a penalty kick with 1:07 remaining in the first overtime, but Engel's shot hit the cross bar to keep the score knotted at two.

Engel was able to score the golden goal in the second overtime, when he put the ball to the right of a diving Festa from inside the box on an assist from freshman Derek Schrick.

Harvard returns to action on Sept. 14 against Connecticut at 4 p.m. at Ohiri Field.