Chang’s Strike Pushes Men's Soccer Past Brown, 1-0, to Remain Undefeated in Ivy Play

The senior tallied his first goal of the year against the Bears (Penny Ashford)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's soccer moved to 3-0 in Ivy League play on Saturday night at Jordan Field, toppling Brown, 1-0. The win was Harvard's fourth in a row, and third shutout in as many games.

Senior Andrew Chang tallied the game-winning score, striking the ball into the lower left corner in the 68th minute. Chang took a cross from classmate Michael Innocenzi just inside the top of the 18-yard box, and volleyed it off one bounce past the goalkeeper. The goal represented the first points of the year for both players.

Evan Mendez tallied his third shutout in a row, and fourth of the season. Mendez has 10 career shutouts, and he moved within three stops of breaking into the top-six on Harvard's all-time saves list.

The Crimson (5-4-2, 3-0-0 Ivy) controlled a majority of the possession, and outshot Brown (6-5-1, 1-1-1 Ivy) 16-9 in the contest. Innocenzi fired a game-high five shots, while Jake Freeman, Oliver White and Sam Brown had two apiece for Harvard.

Brown nearly got on the board first at 15:46 after a corner kick from Matthew Chow met the head of Jack Hagstrom, but the freshman's attempt was cleared off the line by junior Alex Leondis to keep the score level at 0-0.

The Harvard defense held the Bears without a shot over the final 25 minutes of the first half, helping to build momentum to Chang's goal at 67:12, which gave Harvard a 1-0 lead. Following the goal, Freeman had a pair of chances to add a second to the Crimson's tally, but his attempts were turned away.

Harvard travels to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Oct. 20 for its final road nonconference game. The 3:30 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on ESPN3.