Harvard is 4-2-0 in Ivy League play (Penny Ashford).
NEW YORK – Sitting second in the Ivy standings, Harvard men's soccer utilized a pair of second-half goals to push past Columbia, 2-0.
Michael Innocenzi notched his first-career two-goal game with a pair of headers into the back of the net. Sam Brown set up the first play and Tim Schmoll earned the assist on the second goal. Evan Mendez tallied three saves in goal to earn his fifth shutout of the season and 11th of his career.
Harvard (8-6-2, 4-2-0) and Columbia (9-5-1, 3-3-0) combined for just two shots in the first half – one apiece – and the Crimson led the overall margin, 8-7. The Crimson took the first three attempts of the second period, off the feet of Michael Klain, Daniel Smith and Jake Freeman.
Facing a corner kick in the 62nd minute, Brown played the ball into the box where Innocenzi ran on and headed it past the Lions' goalkeeper. The goal gave Harvard a 1-0 lead.
Seven minutes later, Innocenzi recorded his second goal off a feed from Tim Schmoll. Heading the ball across the line, the goal was Innocenzi's fourth of the season and fifth of his career.
Mendez made a trio of saves over the final nine minutes to maintain the shutout and two-goal margin of victory.
Harvard closes its regular season with senior day on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Jordan Field. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.