Henderson connected on his fourth goal of the year in the tie. (Penny Ashford)
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men's soccer team and Dartmouth battled it out at Burnham Field on Saturday night, but the two clubs ended in a 1-1 draw, keeping things close in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson (9-4-2, 2-1-2 Ivy) is now just two points behind Big Green (9-4-2, 3-1-1 Ivy) and Princeton (8-3-3, 3-1-1 Ivy) with two games remaining.
Dartmouth outshot Harvard on the evening, 12-1, but the Crimson made good on its only attempt. Evan Mendez made four huge saves over 110 minutes to preserve the draw.
The Big Green found the back of the net early in the first to get things rolling, as Stefan Defregger booted a 25-yard shot to the far back post, right out of Mendez's reach just five minutes into the contest. Later in the first stanza, Kyle Henderson got back into the scoring column on the year with his finishing shot in the six. Sam Brown fed him the ball from just outside the 18-yard box, and Henderson buried a shot to even the ledger.
The two sides battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the game, but Harvard's back line kept things even. Dartmouth reeled off four shots in the second and three in double overtime, but the Crimson held firm. Harvard had a stroke of skill and fortune in its corner in the waning seconds of the second overtime period as Dartmouth fired two shots, but a timely block and crossbar prevented the Big Green from securing a win.
Harvard returns to the field next weekend for Senior Day as Columbia pays a visit to Soliders Field Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.