Overtime Strike Lifts No. 19 Brown Past Men’s Soccer, 2-1

Overtime Strike Lifts No. 19 Brown Past Men’s Soccer, 2-1

Jake Freeman collected his second goal of the season Saturday at Brown (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard men's soccer team forced its fifth overtime game of the season, but the No. 19 Brown Bears struck six minutes into the extra period, earning a 2-1 overtime win Saturday night. Harvard dips to 1-7-3 on the year and 0-2-1 in Ivy play while Brown improves to 9-1-2 and 2-0-1 in league action.

The Crimson dealt with consistent pressure in the early going, fending off a trio of Brown corner kicks through the opening 20 minutes. Harvard responded by firing the first shot on goal of the game in the 24th minute, with Jake Freeman testing the Brown keeper to make a save. The Crimson pressure increased but it was the hosts who broke through, to take a 1-0 lead. A ball played into the Harvard box was headed past keeper Evan Mendez by Bobby Blair, giving the Bears a one-goal edge just six minutes before halftime.

The second half featured an early save from Mendez, and on the ensuing Crimson possession, the guests found the equalizer less than two minutes into the half. Jake Freeman worked his way behind the Brown defense and let loose a shot to low left corner that bested the Bears' keeper and knotted the score at 1-1 at the 46:11 mark. The rookie Freeman recorded his second goal of the season on the play.  Harvard withstood more pressure from the home team, but Mendez was solid in goal, turning away six Brown shots in the second half alone.

Brown got two good looks with two corner kicks within the opening three minutes of overtime, but the goal game soon afterwards as Dylan Remick lifted a ball past Mendez from the middle of the box for the game-winner. Brown ended with a 22-13 advantage in shots, while the Crimson edged the Bears in corner kicks, 6-5. Mendez finished the game with eight saves for Harvard.

Harvard's next game is a non-conference contest, as it travels to Boston University Tuesday for a midweek matchup. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.