Harvard is looking for its third road victory of the season at Princeton Saturday (Photo Courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
Coming off its second victory of the 2012 season, the Harvard men's soccer team returns to conference play when it travels to Princeton to take on the Tigers Saturday afternoon. The Princeton game represents the third of five-straight road contests for the Crimson.
While there are plenty of Ivy League standings implications at stake in Saturday's game, Harvard and Princeton will also be fighting for the all-time series edge. After 86 matchups from 1909 to 2011, the Crimson and Tigers stand tied with a 39-39-8 series record. The first contest, played in Cambridge in 1909, went to the Crimson by a score of 1-0, but Princeton has taken the three most recent matches, all by one-goal margins. Harvard's last win at Princeton came in 2008 when the Crimson posted a 3-1 victory.
Last Time Out
What started as a familiar overtime scene ended in a dramatic road victory as Zack Wolfenzon's double-overtime tally lifted the Harvard men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over local rival Boston University Tuesday night. Oliver White got the Crimson on the board with his third goal of the season just four minutes into the second half. Harvard withstood an offensive barrage from the Terriers, as BU held a 16-1 edge in corners and a 27-8 for the game. Freshman goalie Evan Mendez did well to turn away eight shots in his second victory.
Both of Harvard's wins this season have been against non-conference opponents, so the Crimson is looking to make a jump in the league standings with a result against Princeton. White has been a force off the bench for Harvard, grabbing the team points lead with his goal against the Terriers. Wolfenzon is close behind with five points (2g, 1a), while Jake Freeman and Hiroki Kobayashi both have a pair of goals each on the year. David Barna has proven to be the free-kick specialist, picking up two assists on the year, both off set pieces.
Mendez and classmate Joe Festa have seen nearly equal time in goal this season. Mendez has been in net for both Harvard victories this season, while Festa holds the better goals-against average at 1.50 goals allowed per game.
The Tigers are one of three unbeaten teams in Ivy League action, boasting a 1-0-2 league mark to go with a 5-5-2 overall record. Princeton will be playing at home for the first time in three games, as the Tigers played to a 0-0 draw with Columbia Oct. 13 and fell to Adelphi, 1-0, Oct. 17. Princeton is 2-1-1 in its last four home games, with victories coming over Farleigh Dickinson and Dartmouth.
Thomas Sanner has had his hand in eight of the team's 13 goals on the season, and leads the squad with 11 points on three goals and five assists. Matt Sanner is next in line with eight points on three goals and two helpers, and Cameron Porter and Mark Linnville are tied for second with three assists each on the year. Seth MacMillan has seen the majority of action in goal for Princeton this season, and brings a 0.82 goals against average and 4-2-2 overall record into the Harvard contest.
The road trip continues for the Crimson as it travels to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth Oct. 27 in a 3 p.m. contest.