Harrington’s Double Overtime Strike Sparks Men’s Soccer in 2-1 Upset at Cornell

Harrington’s Double Overtime Strike Sparks Men’s Soccer in 2-1 Upset at Cornell

Kevin Harrington has both game-winning goals for Harvard this season (Gil Talbot).

With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the second overtime, another tie loomed for the Harvard men's soccer team, but senior midfielder Kevin Harrington struck with the game-winner just 1:55 into the extra period, giving Harvard the dramatic upset victory, 2-1, Saturday in an Ivy road test. The victory is Harvard's (2-6-2, 1-1-0) second of the season and first in Ivy play, while Cornell (6-3-2, 0-2-0) remains winless in Ivy action.

Harrington becomes Harvard's first multi-goal scorer of the season, as Harvard entered the final frame with seven goals on the year from seven different scorers. The senior has also tallied the game-winning strike on both Harvard victories this season.

Harvard's first shot on goal of the day came in the eighth minute of the match off the foot of Ivy assists leader Ross Friedman. While Cornell keeper Kurtis Teskoski came up with the save on the attempt, it was a sign of things to come as Friedman struck with the game's first goal at the 23:36 mark of the opening frame. Fellow senior A.J. Agha provided the assist on Friedman's goal, marking the first helper of the year for Agha.

The Big Red attack was fairly consistent through the first stanza, but sophomore goalie Evan Mendez stood tall in goal, making four saves to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead at the break.

The hosts' offensive pressure continued early in the second frame as Mendez was forced to make two stops in the first 20 minutes of the stanza. However, with less than ten minutes to play, the Crimson finally conceded, as Jake Kirsch put home a Devin Morgan feed with 8:28 to play, knotting the score at a goal apiece. Cornell had a pair of corner kicks and a pair of shots on goal in the small chunk of remaining regulation time, but Mendez stood his line and pushed the game into overtime.

Harvard had a 3-0 shots advantage in the first overtime, forcing Teskoski to come up big to preserve the 1-1 score. Harrington took the first and only shot of the second overtime stanza, good for his second game-winning strike of the season. Friedman provided the assist on the game-winning goal, moving him further into the team lead with five helpers on the year.          

Mendez finished the game with nine saves and remains undefeated in net this year at 2-0-1. His counterpart Teskoski stopped six shots in the loss for Cornell.      

Harvard's next action will be at home when it takes on Brown Saturday at 7 p.m., at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.