Harvard is in search of its first Ivy win of the year Saturday against Cornell (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's soccer team returns to Ivy League action as it welcomes in No. 18 Cornell for a Saturday showdown. Cornell represents the third ranked opponent for the Crimson this season.
Harvard has done well traditionally against Cornell, holding a 37-21-15 record in 73 career meetings. The first meeting between the two squads came in 1907, with the Crimson posting a 5-1 victory at home. Harvard won 13 of 15 meetings between 1958 and 1972 to help the Crimson take a significant edge in the all-time series. Harvard is 3-1-2 in the last six games against the Big Red, but Cornell captured a 3-1 win last year in Ithaca, N.Y.
Last Time Out
In a midweek, non-conference contest against local rival Boston College, Harvard took a 1-0 lead in the second minute but also relinquished a first-half goal in a 1-1 tie. Just over a minute into the contest, Zack Wolfenzon fed a lead pass to Ross Friedman, streaking down the right sideline. Friedman chipped the ball into the box just before it rolled over the endline, and Hiroki Kobayashi headed the ball into the back of the net for Harvard's fastest goal of the season. BC's goal came minutes later and the teams traded good looks through the end of the second overtime, but neither squad was able to come up with the game-winner.
About The Crimson
With a 1-5-3 overall mark on the season, Harvard will be looking for its second victory, and second home victory, of the season. With his goal against the Eagles, Kobayashi became the first multiple-goal scorer of the season for Harvard and now leads the team with four points. Wolfenzon has three points on the year with a goal and an assist and Jake Freeman, Scott Prozeller and Oliver White have also tallied goals this season.
Freshmen Joe Festa and Evan Mendez have split time in goal this season for the Crimson. Festa has started the past three contests and boasts a 1.23 goals-against average, to go along with 24 stops this year. Mendez has the better overall record at 1-2-1 this season.
The Big Red comes to Cambridge as one of three teams in the nation that is both unbeaten and untied. With a 9-0-0 record, Cornell has outscored opponents, 26-7, on the year, and has scored multiple goals in every game except one. In its Ivy League opener last weekend, the Big Red netted three first-half goals en route to a 3-2 win over Penn at home.
Junior forward Daniel Haber leads the nation in points per game (3.67) and goals per game (1.56) and has 33 points on 14 goals and five helpers through nine games this season. Sophomore Conor Goepel ranks tied for second on the team with nine points (4g, 1a) and senior Tyler Regan also has nine points this year on a pair of goals and a team-high tying five assists. Senior Nico Nissl has also dished out five helpers on the season. Senior Rick Pflasterer has been the go-to keeper for Cornell this year, and he brings a 0.79 goals-against average and two shutouts in the Harvard game.
The tough tests continue for Harvard as the Crimson travels to No. 19 Brown Oct. 13 for a 7 p.m. game.