Men’s Soccer Grabs 2-1 Victory in Season Opener vs. Villanova

Wheeler-Omiunu scored the game's first goal in the opening period (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its season on a sunny afternoon at Ohiri Field, Harvard men's soccer played to a 2-1 victory against visiting Villanova. Harvard moved to 1-0 with the win, while Villanova dropped to 0-2.

Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu and freshman Matthew Glass scored for the Crimson, while senior Jake Freeman tallied a pair of assists. Sophomore Cesar Farias also picked up an assist in the contest. Junior Kyle Parks made five saves in goal to pick up his first-career win.

Wheeler-Omiunu put Harvard on the board in the 26th minute when he volleyed home a corner kick from Freeman. The score was the fourth of his career, while Freeman picked up his fifth-career helper.

With just over 15 minutes remaining in the second half, Freeman connected with Farias at the near post, who then slid a pass to Glass at the top of the 18-yard box. In his collegiate debut, Glass took a one-time shot that finished in the top-right corner, and gave the Crimson a 2-0 lead. The assists were the sixth and second of Freeman's and Farias' careers, respectively.

Villanova added a goal in the 83rd minute off the foot of Nikkye DePoint, and threatened to add a second tally late in the game but were turned away by Parks and the Crimson defense.

Harvard hosts Hofstra on Sunday, Sept. 4 on Ohiri Field. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.