Late Goals Push Yale Past Men’s Soccer, 2-1, In Ivy Road Opener

Late Goals Push Yale Past Men’s Soccer, 2-1, In Ivy Road Opener

Kevin Harrington led all Harvard players with two shots on net Saturday (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –
A second-half goal put the Harvard men's soccer team in the driver's seat, but two late strikes from host Yale saw the Bulldogs sneak past the Crimson, 2-1, Saturday in an Ivy League showdown. Harvard (1-6-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) will look to grab its first Ivy win next Saturday at Cornell, while Yale (2-6-0, 1-0-0 Ivy) earned its second victory of the season.

The 69th minute saw the Crimson take a 1-0 lead in the game, as A.J. Agha became Harvard's seventh different goal scorer on the season. Senior Ross Friedman sent a corner kick into the box and Agha went into a slide to meet the ball and direct it past Yale goalie Blake Brown. Friedman now leads the team in assists with four on the season, and has provided the helper on four of Harvard's last five tallies.

Yale turned up the heat immediately following the Harvard goal, but senior goalie Brett Conrad was solid, making three saves in a four-minute span, including just tipping a threatening chip that looked like it could have been the equalizer in the 76th minute.

The offensive pressure paid off for the hosts, however, as the Bulldogs gained a corner kick late in the match. The corner kick came into the box and a wild scramble ensued, but Harvard was unable to clear the ball before Conner Lachenbruch knocked the ball past Conrad to knot the score at 1-1 with just 2:15 showing on the clock. The momentum stayed firmly on the Bulldogs' side and Yale pressed hard in the final minute, forcing Harvard to take a foul near its own goal box. With just 40 seconds to play, Henos Musie struck the free kick that ricocheted off the wall of Harvard defenders and slid into the far corner for the game-winning goal. One final Harvard push resulted in an offside call against the guests, and the Bulldogs were able to escape with the dramatic 2-1 win.

Conrad played the entire match in net and stopped seven shots on the evening, while his counterpart Blake made two saves in the win. Kevin Harrington fired two shots on net in the game to lead the Crimson.

Harvard will play its second road contest in as many games Saturday when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell in a 4 p.m. match.