Freeman tallied his first goal of the year to give Harvard the win (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Jake Freeman scored in the 42nd minute and junior Kyle Parks tallied his second-career shutout as Harvard men's soccer ran past Washington, 1-0, on Sunday night at Jordan Field. The Crimson improved to 2-1-1 with the result, while Washington fell to 3-2 overall.
Freeman netted his first goal of the season off the feed from classmate Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, and led the Crimson with five shots in the contest. Leading a staunch defensive effort, Parks made five saves, including three over the game's final 20 minutes.
The first half saw the teams even in shots at 4-4, but it was Freeman's strike that gave Harvard a 1-0 advantage. After an initial cross was cleared away by the Huskies, Wheeler-Omiunu drove a 45-degree ball towards the top of the six-yard box where the Melville, New York native was able to slot the ball into the lower corner.
Washington forced Parks into his first tests in the 59th and 71st minutes, but the Crimson netminder quelled the Huskies attack on both occasions. A header from senior Daniel Smith rang the crossbar with 15 minutes left on the clock, threatening to double the Crimson advantage.
Parks came up with a crucial save with just over five minutes left to play, and a shot from Freeman drifted just wide moments later on the other end. Washington's Luke Hauswirth had a header hit the top of the crossbar in the final minute, but the Crimson defense was able to clear the danger and walk off with the win.
Harvard men's soccer travels to No. 24 Stanford and No. 7 California for its first road contests of the year, Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Both matches will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.