Harvard takes on its first ranked opponent of the season in Connecticut (Photo Courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
The Harvard men's soccer team wraps up a three-game homestand Friday as it welcomes No. 4/3 Connecticut to Cambridge. The contest against the Huskies will take place on Ohiri Field, the lone game to be played there in 2012.
Lights, Camera, Action
For the first time program history, the Harvard men's soccer team will offer live video streaming for all home games. Single game access is available for $9.95 a game and a season pass is $29.95. Further information about video streaming for Harvard men's soccer and other Harvard athletic programs is available at GoCrimson.com.
Harvard has played Connecticut 27 times, the first matchup going to Connecticut, 1-2, in 1946. The Huskies hold the all-time lead in the series, 8-14-5, and are unbeaten in their last four games against the Crimson. Harvard's last win against the Huskies came in 1992, a 2-1 victory at Ohiri Field. The Crimson holds a 5-6-1 record all-time against UConn when playing at home.
About the Crimson
The Crimson had a solid week of action last week, as it picked up its first win of the season Friday and narrowly missed another result Sunday. In its home opener against Michigan State, freshman Jake Freeman notched a first-half goal, the first of his collegiate career, that proved to be the game-winner as the Crimson posted a 1-0 victory in its first ever matchup with the Spartans. Two days later against SMU, Harvard faced a 2-0 halftime deficit, but goals from Scott Prozeller and Oliver White in the final 45 minutes knotted the score at two and forced overtime. Harvard survived an SMU penalty kick but a late push by the Mustangs saw them net the game-winner in a narrow 3-2 (2ot) final.
Four different players have scored for the Crimson this season with Hiroki Kobayashi netting the first goal of the season in a 1-1 tie with Massachusetts. David Barna has the lone assist on the year, providing the feed on Prozeller's goal, and Freeman leads all goal-scorers with nine shots on the year. Freshman goalie Evan Mendez boasts an 0.71 goals against average on the year while classmate Joe Festa has made seven stops in 143 minutes played.
The Huskies come to Cambridge as one of the top teams in the nation, carrying a 4-0-1 record and playing just their second road contest of the season. In its lone road contest of the season, Connecticut snuck past Michigan State, 1-0, in East Lansing, Mich., Sept. 3. Last time out, the Huskies met a surprisingly stiff challenge from Boston University, as the Terriers netted a second half goal to force a 1-1 draw in Storrs, Conn.
Allando Matheson leads all UConn scorers with five points on two goals and an assist while Mamadou Diouf also has two goals on the season. Max Wasserman leads the team with a pair of assists on the season and he and Carlos Alvarez have a goal each on the year. Andre Blake has played every minute in goal for the Huskies so far, relinquishing just two goals in five games, good for a 0.38 goals-against average.
The Crimson will take a week off at it prepares for its trip out west. Harvard's next game comes against California Poly Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. EST.