Freeman tallied his third game-winning goal of the season (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first home contest in nearly a month, Harvard men's soccer took down New Hampshire, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Jordan Field.
Jake Freeman provided the game-winning goal for Harvard (3-4-2), his team-leading fourth of the season. The Crimson tallied nine shots in the bout, five of which were on target. Evan Mendez recorded his second shutout of the season, making four saves in front of net.
The Crimson forced Wildcat goalkeeper Ryan Carpenter into a pair of early saves, as Freeman and Matt Sheeleigh both fired attempts on frame. Later in the period, a New Hampshire (7-1-2) foul resulted in a penalty kick for Harvard, but the ensuing strike went off the right post.
In the 25th minute, the Wildcats had their best chances on goal, but Mendez made back-to-back saves to maintain the 0-0 score.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Crimson earned a free kick near midfield that led to the Harvard goal. Christian Sady played a pass to Sam Brown on the wing, who curled in a cross that wound up at Freeman's feet. The senior released a left-footed shot that went straight into the side netting to give Harvard a 1-0 lead.
New Hampshire took four shots over the final 15 minutes in search of the equalizer, but the Harvard defense weathered every attack to earn the shutout.
Harvard men's soccer travels to Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 10 for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff. Its second Ivy League game of the year will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.