Men's Soccer Returns Home to Take On Lafayette

Men's Soccer Returns Home to Take On Lafayette

The men's soccer team will play its third home game of the season Sunday against Lafayette (Gil Talbot).

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Harvard men's soccer returns to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium for its third home game of the season as it faces Lafayette Sunday at 3 p.m. This is the first time the Crimson has faced Lafayette since 1996.

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The Crimson's third home game of the season against Lafayette will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. All of Harvard's home games played at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network. For subscription and schedule information, visit the network website.

About The Crimson
After three consecutive non-conference losses, the Crimson hopes that a trip back to Soldiers Field will turn things around. Harvard will have four remaining non-conference games before Ivy League play picks up during the first weekend of October.

Junior Hiroki Kobayashi scored his first goal of the season and the Crimson's lone goal in Thursday's matchup against Providence, converting an assist from freshman Stephen Yen. Senior goalie Brett Conrad made seven saves in the game and has 16 saves on the season.

Last Time Out
Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead on Hiroki Kobayashi's first goal of the season, the Harvard men's soccer team saw Providence net three unanswered goals, including the game-winner on second-half penalty kick, in a 3-1 loss to the Friars Thursday. Kobayashi's goal game in the 43rd minute, but Providence tied it up just before halftime on a corner kick. The penalty kick conversion gave the hosts the lead and the Friars padded their victory with a late goal.  

Scouting The Leopards
Boasting a 1-0-3 record so far this season, Lafayette is set to face a pair of Ivy League foes this weekend, facing off against Dartmouth Friday and Harvard Sunday. The Leopards earned their first home victory of the season over Bryant, along with ties against La Salle, St. Peter's and Quinnipiac.

Senior striker Peter Adubato scored two goals in the Leopard's 2-1 victory over Bryant, making it his first career game scoring twice. Junior Ryan Dodd scored his second career goal that helped Lafayette secure a season-opening 2-2 tie with La Salle, assisted by senior Alec Gonini. Gonini led the team in 2012 with seven goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Nathan McDonald made four saves in a 0-0 tie against St. Peter's, and walked away with his 12th career shutout. Senior Jeff McLaughlin scored his third goal of his career in Lafayette's 100th anniversary game in a 1-1 tie against Quinnipiac.

Series History
Monday's contest between the Crimson and Leopards marks only the second meeting between the teams since 1996. The last time these two teams met, Harvard won in a 3-0 shutout at Lafayette. The Crimson has the upper hand on the Leopards, having a 1-0-1 overall series lead. The first time these teams met in 1995 at Harvard, the Crimson and Leopards tied 2-2.

Up Next
The Crimson goes on the road to face Hartford Sept. 20 for its second road game of the season. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.