Harvard at Boston University
Mendez is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the midst of a five-game stretch away from Jordan Field, Harvard men's soccer travels across town to Boston University Thursday, Sept. 24. The 7 p.m. kickoff can be seen live and for free on the Patriot League Network.
Last Time Out
Finishing its two-game road trip to the west coast, Harvard tied No. 9 Washington, 0-0. The draw was its second against ranked teams this season.
Evan Mendez recorded his first shutout of the year, and seventh of his career, while making seven saves against the Huskies. The Crimson fired 11 shots in the game, including four on target, led by Michael Innocenzi, Sam Brown and Matt Sheeleigh with two apiece. The Harvard defense weathered a Washington attack that took 19 shots over the 110-minute contest.
Related Link: Men's Soccer Plays to Draw with No. 9 Washington, 0-0
Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Evan Mendez was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 21 after his excellent play between the posts against Seattle and No. 9 Washington. Mendez tallied his first shutout of the year against the ninth-ranked Huskies, tying a season-high with seven saves. The senior from Ballston Spa, New York recorded a 0.90 goals-against average over the weekend with 11 total saves. The shutout was the seventh of Mendez's career.
Related Link: Mendez Named Ivy League Player of the Week
The Crimson sports a 1-3-2 record on the season, including a 1-1-1 mark away from Jordan Field. Seniors Oliver White and Jake Freeman lead the squad with two goals apiece while classmate Michael Klain and sophomore Sam Brown have each recorded a pair of helpers. Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.24 goals-against average with 28 saves.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers are 3-2-0 on the season, and 1-1-0 at Nickerson Field. In its last outing, Boston University fell to Harvard's Ivy League rival Princeton, 2-1. Anthony Viteri and Felix De Bona lead the Terriers with three goals and seven points apiece, while TJ Butzke has pitched in three points. In goal, Matt Gilbert holds a 1.39 goals-against average with 21 saves on the season.
Strength of Schedule
Harvard has played the 18th toughest schedule in the country, based on opponents' win percentage. Harvard sports a 0-0-2 record against ranked teams in 2015.
Harvard opens Ivy Play on the road at Yale on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Preseason Best XI
In TopDrawerSoccer's Preseason Best XI list, defender Mark Ashby was named to the third team. The reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year was the only Ancient Eight student-athlete recognized on the list.
Six newcomers joined the Crimson for the 2015 season, five of which are freshmen. Added to the roster are Eduardo Cedeno, Cesar Farias, Bryce Ferguson, Matt Hatter, Jack Miler and Nathan Goldberg.
A Year Ago
Harvard finished the 2014 season unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 outings, ending the season second in the Ivy League standings. Mark Ashby was named the Ancient Eight Defensive Player of the Year, Sam Brown earned Rookie of the Year honors, and four Crimson student-athletes earned first team All-Ivy selections.
On the Sidelines
Pieter Lehrer enters his third season as the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer in 2015, tallying a 20-15-6 record over two-plus years. Each of Lehrer's first two teams finished in the Ivy League top-three, with nine players earning All-Ivy nods.