The Crimson hope to continue its winning ways with a pair of nonconference games this weekend. (Photo: Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off a thrilling overtime victory over Boston College, the Harvard men's soccer team continues its four-game homestand this weekend. The Crimson (1-3) is set to host Hartford (3-1-1) on Friday and Manhattan (1-2) on Sunday.
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Last Time Out
Harvard found its first victory of the year off the head of Tim Schmoll in the 95th minute over Boston College on Sunday. After a Christian Sady corner, Schmoll directed the setpiece past BC's Alex Kapp to break the 2-2 tie in overtime to down the Eagles at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
After a BC tally in the fourth minute, Daniel Smith registered his first goal of the year to knot things up at 1-1 midway through the first half. Kyle Henderson followed up in the 44th minute with this third mark of the season to give Harvard momentum and a 2-1 lead at the break. But the Eagles used a late score to force the overtime period, before Schmoll quickly ended things with Harvard in the win column.
Calling the Shots
Senior Kyle Henderson leads the Ivy League in shots (13) and shots per game (3.50) so far this season, and is second in points with six coming off three goals. Henderson has scored each of the last three games for Harvard, which has been a bright spot in an attack that is coming to life after the win over BC.
Coming into the weekend with a 3-1-1 mark, the Hawks found themselves on a three-game win streak before its most recent loss at Akron. After tying Holy Cross to open 2014, Hartford earned three consecutive 1-0 shutout victories over Northeastern, Villanova and the College of Charleston.
The Hawks have been able to spread things around the front as four different attackers have at least a score this season, led by Omar Tall and his three points (1g, 1a). Javoni Simms, Andre Morrison and Jeff Tryon all have registered a goal so far this year.
In goal, David MacKinnon has allowed just three shots past him, while racking up 15 saves for an .833 save percentage. His three shutouts have earned him the 3-1-1 record this year.
The Jaspers (1-2) enter the weekend with a pair of Ivies on the docket. Before visiting Cambridge, Manhattan makes a trip to Yale on Friday. After dropping its season opener at Lehigh, 2-1, the Jaspers took a two-overtime win over St. Francis before dropping a 3-1 contest at Fordham.
Daniel Kennedy Laguna and Eugene Heerschap lead the charge with a goal each, while Alex Shackley comes in with an assist this season. Sophomore Alex Coates McDowell holds the decision in all three games, making 20 saves and allowing five goals for the Jaspers.
After the weekend slate, Harvard keeps it local with another home game on Tuesday versus crosstown foe Northeastern, before trekking to Amherst to take on UMass on Friday afternoon.