Men's Soccer Opens Home Ivy Schedule With Brown Saturday

Men's Soccer Opens Home Ivy Schedule With Brown Saturday

This Crimson looks for back-to-back league wins Saturday against Brown (Gil Talbot).

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The Storyline
Harvard will look to keep the visiting Brown Bears winless in conference play as both teams engage in their third Ivy League game of the season. Harvard owns the all-time series lead, but Brown has had the better luck as of late, winning the last two matchups between the teams.

Ivy League Digital Network
Five of Harvard's home matches – including Saturday's contest against Brown – will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch contests both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.


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Last Time Out
While Harvard watched a one-goal, second-half lead disappear in the 82nd minute, the Crimson dug deep and found the game-winner in double overtime, taking down Ivy power Cornell, 2-1, Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y.

Senior Ross Friedman started the scoring for the Crimson, converting an A.J. Agha feed 24 minutes into the match to give Harvard a 1-0 lead at the break. The hosts rallied to net the equalizer with less than nine minutes to play in regulation, forcing Harvard into its fourth overtime contest of the season. The first extra stanza went by without incident, but senior Kevin Harrington led the guests to victory, putting home a Friedman feed 1:55 into the second extra frame. It was Harvard's first overtime victory since a 2-1 win at Boston University Oct. 16, 2012.

About the Crimson
Harvard takes on Brown with renewed vigor, thanks to a thrilling win over league foe Cornell. In its last five games, Harvard boasts a 2-2-1 record, averaging a goal per game over that stretch.

With his game-winning strike against the Big Red, Kevin Harrington became the first multi-goal scorer for the Crimson this season. Harrington is also responsible for both game-winning strikes for the Crimson in 2013. Ross Friedman netted his first of the season against Cornell and is one of six players with a goal to their name this year. Friedman also picked up an assist in Saturday's win, keeping in the team lead and moving him into the league lead with five on the season.

Sophomore Evan Mendez has been getting the nod in net as of late, seeing action in four games so far this year. He remains undefeated at 2-0-1 and boasts a 0.64 goals-against average on the season, while senior Brett Conrad leads the team with 38 saves.

Scouting Brown
Brown will be looking to turn things around now that Ivy League play is underway. The Bears' 3-5-3 record is short of their 13-win pace from last season, but a pair of Ivy ties has them still in the hunt for the league title.

Leading the team in goals and tied for second in points, Sophomore Tariq Akeel has been an impact player for the Bears. Jose Salama leads Brown in points and is second in the Ivy League in assists, trailing only Havard's Ross Friedman.

Josh Weiner has been strong in goal for the Bears. Weiner's 48 saves leads the Ivy League and his .800 save percentage is good for fifth in the conference. In 10 starts this season, Weiner has posted a 3-4-3 record including two shutouts.

League Parity
Through just two weekends of conference action, six of the eight Ivy schools have logged a result with only one squad (Yale) posting a 2-0-0 record. The two teams that entered Ivy play with the best non-conference record (Cornell and Dartmouth), currently sit in seventh and eighth in the league standings, respectively.

Up Next
Harvard steps out of conference play for the second-to-last time this season when it makes the short trip to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on Boston College Tuesday. The game is slated for 4 p.m.