First Half Scores Push Men’s Soccer Past Dartmouth, 2-1

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's soccer connected twice over the first 45 minutes, holding on to register a 2-1 win over Dartmouth Saturday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

The Crimson (5-7-2, 4-1) outshot the Big Green (5-6-4, 0-5) by a 19-7 margin. It marks the second-straight win for Harvard and the fourth-consecutive victory in Ancient Eight play. The Crimson has averaged two goals over the last five matches.

Sophomore Andrew Chang started the scoring for Harvard, connecting in the 12th minute. Chang lined up a shot from dead center, blasting the ball into the top of the net from 25 yards out. It marked the second score of the season for the Highland Park, Ill., native.

Senior Pascal Mensah added the insurance score in the 41st minute. Confusion in in the midfield caused Dartmouth to hold the ball in the box. Mensah picked netminder James Hickok's pocket, driving to the net for his first score of the season.

Dartmouth's Gabe Stauber placed a free kick into the net in the 82nd minute to bring the Big Green within one, but Harvard would clamp down on defense to preserve the 2-1 victory.

Goalkeeper Evan Mendez moves to 5-0 between the pipes, making two saves on the day.

Harvard dips out of league play, heading to Holy Cross Wednesday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.