Men’s Soccer Tripped Up Against Princeton, 3-2

Freeman, Wheeler-Omiunu found the back of the net for Harvard (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Carrying a five-game win streak into a Saturday afternoon contest with Princeton, Harvard men's soccer could not overcome a two-goal deficit and fell, 3-2.

Jake Freeman and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu scored for Harvard, their fifth and first goals of the season, respectively. Harvard outshot the Tigers 19-7 in the contest, but was topped in attempts on target, 6-4. Freeman fired a game-high seven shots, beating his season-best of four set earlier in the season.

Princeton got on the board first with an eighth-minute score from Jeremy Colvin. The midfielder dribbled down a seam in the defense, and slotted a shot into the corner to put the Tigers on top, 1-0.

The Crimson responded to tie the game, 1-1, almost 10 minutes later after Christian Sady drew a penalty kick. Freeman stepped up for the attempt, and finished smoothly into the lower corner of the goal.

Princeton regained the lead in the 40th minute, 2-1, after Daniel Bowkett finished a cross from Vikram Pothuri with a header past the goalkeeper. Just after the halftime break, in the 47th minute, Princeton added a third tally off the foot of Thomas Sanner. Colvin was credited an assist on the play.

Harvard fired the final six shots of the game, and came with a goal of tying the score when Wheeler-Omiunu buried a cross from Tyler Savitsky over the head of the goalkeeper with a right-footed volley. Freeman had an attempt in the closing seconds looking to tie the score, but the shot was deflected by a Princeton defender back towards midfield.

Harvard men's soccer concludes its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Jordan Field against Boston College. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.