Harvard vs. Brown
Freeman has tallied a point in each of the last three contests (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Entering Saturday's contest with a three-game win streak, Harvard men's soccer hosts Brown on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
In its second Ivy contest of the season, Harvard men's soccer toppled Cornell, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon. The contest was the Crimson's second shutout in a row.
Senior Evan Mendez faced 18 Cornell shots, making four saves to earn his third shutout of the season. Sam Brown and Christian Sady scored their first goals of 2015, beating the goalkeeper in the 19th and 58th minutes.
Related Link: Men's Soccer Knocks Off Cornell, 2-0
The Crimson sports a 4-4-2 record on the season, including a 2-0-0 record in Ivy League play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with four goals and nine points, while Sam Brown has tallied one goal and five points. Senior Michael Klain and Brown have dished a team-best three assists and Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.15 goals-against average with 40 saves.
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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
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.
In Harvard's top-five plays countdown on Oct. 7, Jake Freeman's diving header goal earned the honor of top play of the week
The Bears hold a 6-4-1 overall record, including a 1-0-1 mark in Ivy League play after beating Columbia and playing to a draw with Princeton. Jack Hagstrom leads the Brown offense with five goals and 10 points, while Tariq Akeel and Will Cross have each tallied two goals and six points. Erik Hanson has spent the most time in goal, tallying a 1.29 goals-against average with 36 saves.
Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding a 10-2-1 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.
The Oct. 6 contest with Yale marked Harvard's fifth-straight away from Jordan Field, where the Crimson finished 2-2-1 on its road trip, including a tie with No. 9 Washington. Harvard has two road games left on its schedule against Pittsburgh and Columbia.
The only freshman to see the field in 2015, Cesar Farias tallied his first career point against Stony Brook when he assisted Jake Freeman's game-winning goal. Farias has tallied three shots in 2015, with two on target.
Harvard travels to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Oct. 20 for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The first matchup between the two schools, the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
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 Ivy 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 22-16-6 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.