Harvard at Pittsburgh
Harvard is 3-0 in Ivy League action for the first time since 2008 (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Entering the week on a four-game winning streak, Harvard men's soccer breaks from the Ivy schedule for a road contest with Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Last Time Out
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 sports a 5-4-2 record on the season, including a 3-0-0 mark 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 1.05 goals-against average with 44 saves and four shutouts.
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First Time Since 2008
After starting the 2015 Ivy slate 3-0-0, Harvard has recorded its best start since 2008. The Crimson has scored a league-best six goals in Ancient Eight contests and allowed only one goal. The 2008 Crimson ended conference play at 5-2, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Player of the Week
Senior defender Andrew Chang was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout of Brown Oct. 17. His first goal of the year, Chang took a cross from Michael Innocenzi, and fired a volley into the bottom left corner. The honor is the first of Chang's career.
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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 Panthers are 5-6-3 on the season with a 0-5-1 mark in ACC play. Patrick Dixon leads Pitt with eight points on two goals and four assists, while a trio of other Panthers have each scored twice. Dan Lynd has started every game in goal, boasting a 1.21 goals-against average with 43 saves and seven shutouts.
Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding an 11-2-1 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 hosts Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Jordan Field. The 4:30 p.m. kickoff 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 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 23-16-6 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.