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Men’s Soccer Heads to Bay Area to Face No. 25 Stanford, Cal

Men’s Soccer Heads to Bay Area to Face No. 25 Stanford, Cal

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Harvard at Stanford
Sept. 16, 2016
11 p.m.
  Cagan Stadium at Maloney Field
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 Pac 12 Network
Rich Cellini, Christopher Sullivan
Harvard trails, 6-1
L, 1-0 (Sept. 23, 2011)
L1

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                   Harvard at California
  Sept. 18, 2016
 2 p.m.
 Edwards Stadium
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TBA
Harvard trails, 2-0
L, 3-0 (Oct. 3, 1999)
L2

Harvard is 1-0 against Pac-12 opponents in 2016 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for the first time in 2016, Harvard men's soccer will travel to No. 25 Stanford and California for a pair of kickoffs, Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Both contests will be broadcast on the Pac 12 Network.

Last Time Out
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.

Recap: Men's Soccer vs. Washington
Sep 11, 2016

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson squad is off to a 2-1-1 start after defeating Villanova and Washington, and playing even with Hofstra in double overtime. Seniors Jake Freeman and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu lead the team with four and three points, respectively, while freshman Matthew Glass has tallied two. Junior Kyle Parks has seen every minute between the posts, recording a 0.47 goals-against average over four starts with two shutouts.

Forming a Wall
Junior Kyle Parks has been nearly unbeatable to open the season, and the netminder boasts the country's fifth-best save percentage (.909). With two shutouts and an Ivy-best 20 saves to begin the campaign, Parks ranks in the nation's top-15 with a 0.47 goals-against average.

Against the PAC
With Harvard's 1-0 shutout victory over Washington Sept. 11, the Crimson earned its second win over a Pac-12 school in program history. The first came Sept. 4, 2010 when Harvard topped Stanford, 2-1.

Rookie of the Week
After scoring a game-winning goal in his collegiate debut against Villanova, freshman Matthew Glass was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 4.

Glass netted the game-winner against the Wildcats in a 2-1 victory, placing a first-time shot from 15 yards in the top-right corner. The score gave Harvard a 2-0 lead, assisted by senior Jake Freeman and sophomore Cesar Farias.

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. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Scouting No. 25 Stanford
The defending national champions, Stanford is off to a 1-1-3 start in 2016 after being ranked No. 1 in the preseason. Drew Skundrich leads the team with three goals and six points, while Foster Langsdorf has contributed two goals and four points. In goal, Andrew Epstein has started five games and holds a 0.87 goals-against average with two shutouts.

The Crimson trails in the all-time series with Stanford, 6-1.

Scouting California
Cal is 1-2-1 to open the season, earning its lone victory over Penn State, 2-1 (OT). Nick Lima leads the Bears with three goals and six points, while Christian Theirjung and Josa Carerra-Garcia have also found the back of the net. Jonathan Klinsmann has seen the most time in goal, posting a 2.10 goals-against average with eight saves.

The Crimson trails the all-time series with California, 2-0.

Bay Area Crimson
Three Harvard players will find themselves in familiar territory on this weekend west coast trip. Philip Hausen (Redwood City, Calif.), Cesar Farias (Santa Rosa, Calif.)and Nate Devine (Lodi, Calif.) are from a hometown a short distance away from the campuses of both Stanford and Cal. Additionally, head coach Pieter Lehrer served at the associate head coach with the Bears prior to his arrival in Cambridge.

Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field and Ohiri Field have been difficult places for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding a 15-5-2 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.

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, beginning with the Bay Area duo this weekend.

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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 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.

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 29-19-7 (.591) record over three-plus 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 travels to Iona for a Saturday clash on Sept. 24. The 3 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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