Men's Soccer Looks to Stay Among League Leaders Against Princeton Saturday

Men's Soccer Looks to Stay Among League Leaders Against Princeton Saturday

Evan Mendez is unbeaten on the season with a 3-0-1 record (Gil Talbot).

The Gloves Are Off

The Storyline

Saturday is alumni day for the Harvard men's soccer team as the Crimson take on Ivy rival Princeton in a 4 p.m., game at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Harvard is just one point back of the Tigers in the Ivy League standings.

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Recent Action
With a stunning double overtime victory against Cornell Oct. 12, Harvard showed nothing but confidence and vigor when it stepped out onto the field against Brown. The Crimson took charge through the first half of the game and carried that momentum to take the 2-1 victory over Brown, handing the Bears their first league loss of the year.

All the scoring was done in the first half with Harvard striking first, thanks to two goals by freshman Ashi Geberkidane, both of those coming within the first 26 minutes of play. Collecting six saves throughout the game, sophomore goalie Evan Mendez remained undefeated on the season, upping his record to 3-0-1.

Harvard stepped out of conference play in its most recent action, squaring off against local foe Boston College Tuesday. The Crimson jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from David Barna and Tyler Evans, but three unanswered strikes by the Eagles in the second half sent the Crimson home with a 3-2 loss.

About The Crimson
Winners of two of its last three games, Harvard has found its groove, especially on offense. After scoring multiple goals in a game just twice through the first eight contests, the Crimson has accomplished the feat in each of its last three contests. Harvard is also well-positioned in the Ivy League with a 2-1-0 conference record, standing just one point behind three teams (Penn, Princeton and Yale) that share first place.

Harvard has indeed spread the scoring this season, with 10 different players registering goals on the year. Rookie Ashi Geberkidane became the first Harvard player to tally multiple goals in a game, scoring a pair in the 2-1 win over Brown. Kevin Harrington ranks second on the team with a pair of tallies on the season, while Ross Friedman remains the overall points leader with eight and a team-best six assists on the year.

Evan Mendez remains unbeaten on the year with a 3-0-1 record, while senior Brett Conrad leads all goalies with 40 saves on the season.  

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton comes into Cambridge with an overall record of 5-6-1, and is currently undefeated in Ivy League play at 2-0-1.

Sophomore forward Thomas Sanner leads the Tigers this season with 15 points, including seven goals and one assist. He scored at least one goal through four straight games, including a two-goal performance in a 4-2 victory over Florida International. Junior Cameron Porter falls not too far behind Sanner in the goals category, tallying four goals and a team-leading three assists. Along with Sanner, Porter also scored a pair of goals in the 4-2 victory over Florida International. Senior goalie Seth MacMillan has 28 saves and two shutouts through 11 games, including a career-high six saves in a 0-0 draw against Brown. Sophomore goalie Ben Hummel also earned his first collegiate win and start in a 1-0 victory over Drexel.

Weekly Awards
With its recent boost of offense, the Crimson has also received recognition from the league, taking home a pair of Ivy weekly awards in the last two weeks. Ross Friedman earned Player of the Week honors for Oct. 14 and Ashi Geberkidane picked up Rookie of the Week honors following his two-goal performance against Brown.

Up Next
Harvard plays its second-to-last home game next Saturday when it hosts Dartmouth in a 7 p.m., contest.