Parks made five saves in goal for his first-career shutout (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting its first of six opponents that appeared in last season's NCAA tournament, Harvard men's soccer played to a scoreless draw with Hofstra, 0-0, on Sunday afternoon at Ohiri Field. Harvard moves to 1-0-1 with the result, while Hofstra improves to 1-2-1.
Junior Kyle Parks tallied his first-career shutout, turning aside five Hofstra shots in the draw. The Crimson backline held strong against 20 total Hofstra shots, while Harvard managed nine shots in the contest. Junior Sam Brown and senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu led the Crimson with two shots apiece.
Brown got the game started with a dangerous shot from 20 yards in the 11th minute, but the attempt was quashed with a diving save. The Crimson tallied four shots in the opening frame, against five for the Pride.
Hofstra tallied the first seven shots of the second half, with Wheeler-Omiunu heading the Crimson's first attempt of the half on goal in the 66th minute. Senior Daniel Smith had a chance to net the go-ahead goal late in regulation, but the attempt sailed high.
After a closely-contested first overtime, Harvard nearly walked off victorious when sophomore Cesar Farias found a gap inside the Pride 18-yard box, but his left-footed attempt was blocked out of play. Brown had a chance just moments later on the ensuing corner kick, but his shot was turned aside by the Hofstra goalkeeper.
Harvard continues its four-game homestand on Thursday, Sept. 8 when it hosts Seattle at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.