Early Goal Won’t Hold as Dartmouth Downs Men’s Soccer, 3-1

Early Goal Won’t Hold as Dartmouth Downs Men’s Soccer, 3-1

Jake Freeman scored in the ninth minute against Dartmouth Saturday (Gil Talbot).

The Crimson got out to a fast start, taking a 1-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game, but the lead wouldn't hold as the Harvard men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Ivy foe Dartmouth Saturday afternoon. The loss bumps Harvard to 2-9-3 overall and 0-4-1in Ivy play while Dartmouth improves to 8-6-0 on the season and keeps it Ivy title hopes alive with a 4-1-0 league record.

The freshman class of the Crimson has provided a number of boosts this season, and it was certainly the case against the Big Green as rookie Jake Freeman gave the guests a 1-0 lead just 8:37 into the game. Sophomore defenseman Matt Sheeleigh controlled the ball near the top of the box and sent a cross in to Freeman, who wrapped a shot around the Dartmouth keeper for a quick 1-0 edge. It marked Freeman's third goal of the season, which ties him for the team lead.

Captain Richard Smith tested Dartmouth goalie Noah Cohen soon after the goal, but Cohen stood tall for the stop. From there, the Big Green focused on the equalizer, and its efforts paid off in the 23rd minute when Alex Adelabu dribbled in for a score to knot the game at a goal apiece. Dartmouth kept the pressure on and ended the half with a significant 10-3 edge in shots, while the Crimson defense kept the score tied.

The teams traded looks through the first half of the second stanza, but a defensive breakdown by the Crimson allowed Dartmouth to claim its first lead of the game. In the 77th minute, Adelabu snuck behind the Crimson defense and put away his one-on-one chance with Harvard goalie Evan Mendez, giving the hosts a 2-1 lead. Adelabu had a hand in Dartmouth's insurance score as well, crossing a ball that Alberto Gorini put away in the 83rd minute to secure the 3-1 win for the Big Green.

Dartmouth finished with an 18-6 edge in shots and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. Mendez ended the day with four saves while Cohen needed just three stops in the victory.

Harvard plays its final non-conference contest of the season Tuesday when it travels to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross in a 7 p.m. game.