Harvard looks to make it nine wins in a row against Brown on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy: Penny Ashford)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Gunning to maintain the top spot in the Ivy League standings, the Harvard men's soccer team is set for its first Ancient Eight road test as the Crimson head to Providence to take on Brown at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Harvard (8-3, 2-0 Ivy) is looking for its ninth win in as many games.
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Last Time Out
Harvard won its eighth consecutive game last Wednesday with a great second half effort. After a slow, scoreless first half, the Crimson rallied to score three times, while keeping the Crusaders in check. Oliver White broke through in the 47th minute, followed by a header from Tim Schmoll and a useful one-timer inside the 18 from Philip Fleischman, his first of the year. As a defensive unit that is improving weekly, Harvard held its opponent scoreless for the third consecutive game.
Proving that Harvard's ability to find the back of the net is no fluke – 21 goals over its eight-game win streak – there is no one leading scorer on the field for the Crimson; there are four. Along with Hiroki Kobayashi three scores – two of which have been game winners – there are a few other key pieces to the attack. Kyle Henderson was strong in the season's early going, scoring all three of his goals in the first four games for Harvard. Fellow co-captain Kyle Ashby recorded his first career goal in the win over Hartford and hasn't looked back, including heading home the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Yale. Daniel Smith owns three markers himself this season, all in exciting fashion. Smith tallied the first Harvard goal in the 3-2 win over Boston College, and sent in the tying goals in both the 3-2 wins over UMass and Northeastern.
Harvard has an Ivy League-best 28 assists this season, and the freshman class has accounted for a grand total of 15 of them. Christian Sady has been impressive in the middle for Harvard, owning a team-high five helpers, while Sam Brown has been a key cog in the set piece execution, dishing out four assists, along with fellow classmate Nate Devine. Tyler Savitsky, who also has seen a fair amount of crucial minutes, has helped on two scores this season.
Brown enters the year with a grueling 3-4-4 record, going 1-1 in Ivy play. Three of the Bears' four draws have been 0-0 affairs, coming against Florida Gulf Coast, Vermont and Fairfield, while the squad tied Boston College, 1-1, its last time out. Brown owns three solid wins as well, coming against Boston University (1-0), Lehigh (2-1) and Columbia (1-0).
Eleven Bears have tallied at least a point this season, led by Jack Gorab's seven. His two markers puts him in the team lead, along with Ben Maurey and Tariq Akeel. Gorab also has chipped in three assists on the year to lead Brown in that category.
In net, Mitch Kupstas has seen all 1073:47 Brown has played to earn a 3-4-4 record. The senior keeper has allowed just 12 goals in 11 games for a 1.01 GAA, stopping 41 shots for a .774 save percentage.
Harvard continues its Ivy road swing after the trip to Brown with a visit to Princeton the following weekend. After that, the Crimson welcome in Stony Brook for the final nonconference matchup, before closing out the season against Dartmouth, Columbia and Penn