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Men’s Soccer Opens 2016 With Villanova, Hofstra

Matchup
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Harvard vs. Villanova
Sept. 2, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Ohiri Field
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 Ivy League Digital Network
Max Berkowitz, Bill Spaulding
Harvard leads, 1-0
W, 3-1 (Sept. 3, 2006)
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Matchup
Date
Time
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Video
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   Harvard vs. Hofstra
  Sept. 4, 2016
  4 p.m.
 Ohiri Field
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    Ivy League Digital Network
Ben Altsher, Andy Towne
Harvard leads, 1-0
W, 5-0 (Oct. 17, 1992)
W1
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Harvard finished second in the Ivy League a year ago (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Welcoming its first opponents in 2016, Harvard men's soccer will host Villanova September 2 and Hofstra September 4 at Ohiri Field. Kicking off at 4:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, both contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

A Year Ago
The Crimson tallied a 9-6-2 overall mark in 2015, including a 5-2 second-place record in the Ivy League. Harvard led the Ancient Eight with eight All-Ivy selections a year ago, including first team nods for seniors Jake Freeman and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu. Harvard tallied four shutouts in conference play, and ended with the top goal differential against Ivy opponents.

Scouting Harvard
Five all-conference selections return for the Crimson in 2016, including its leaders in goals and assists. Harvard returns nearly half of its scoring from 2015, led by Freeman's seven goals and three helpers. Junior Christian Sady tallied three goals and three assists last season, while classmate Sam Brown led the squad with four assists.

In the PDL
A quintet of Crimson student-athletes spent the summer in the Premier Development League: Sam Brown (Portland Timbers U-23), Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (Seattle Sounders U-23), Daniel Smith (Seattle Sounders U-23), Mark Ashby (FC Dallas Academy) and Christian Sady (New England Revolution U-23).

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Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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.

Scouting Villanova
Villanova is 0-1 to start 2016 after dropping its season-opener to Rider, 2-1 in overtime. Lucas Hodges scored the Wildcats' only goal to this point, while Will Steiner made seven saves over nearly 99 minutes of action. Villanova finished 9-8-0 a year ago.

The Crimson leads the all-time series with Villanova, 1-0.

Scouting Hofstra
Hofstra went 1-1 over its first set of games, and will face Boston College on Friday before facing the Crimson on Sunday. Joseph Holland leads the Pride with two goals, while Luke Brown has added one. Hofstra posted a 14-8 record in 2015.

The Crimson leads the all-time series with the Pride, 1-0.

Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding a 13-4-1 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season. The first four contests of the year will be played at home, with Seattle and Washington visiting Sept. 8-11.

Road Warriors
Harvard finished 5-2-1 away from home in 2015, and won four-straight games away from Jordan Field to close the season. The Crimson tallied a perfect mark on the road in Ivy Play, and will face nine opponents away from Cambridge in 2016, including preseason No. 1 Stanford.

Early Impact
In May, Harvard announced six newcomers as the class of 2020: Taner Dogan, Matthew Glass, Philip Hausen, Landon Plunkett, Joel Serugo and Asa Silverman. The group joins Harvard from California, Texas and Missouri.

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At the Helm
Pieter Lehrer is in his fourth season as the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer in 2015, tallying a 27-18-6 (.588) record over three years. Each of Lehrer's teams has finished in the top-three of the conference standings, with 17 players earning All-Ivy nods.

What's Next?
Harvard's welcomes Seattle and Washington to Jordan Field on Sept. 8 and 11, respectively. The pair of 7 p.m. kickoffs will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.  

 
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