| Harvard at Iona
Sept. 24, 2016
Harvard trails, 1-0
L, 3-0 (Sept. 6, 2013)
| Harvard vs. Boston University
Sept. 27, 2016
Ivy League Digital Network
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
Harvard leads, 24-14-8
L, 3-0 (Sept. 24, 2015)
The opponents represent Harvard's final tests until Ivy play begins (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Set to face a pair of opponents in its final tests before conference play begins, Harvard men's soccer travels to Iona Saturday, Sept. 24 before turning around for a Tuesday, Sept. 27 contest against Boston University. The games will begin at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
Last Time Out
Harvard went 0-2 on its trip to the Bay Area, facing off with No. 25 Stanford and California. Jake Freeman, Cesar Farias and Matthew Glass found the back of the net on the road trip for the Crimson.
The Crimson squad is off to a 2-3-1 start after defeating Villanova and Washington, and playing even with Hofstra in double overtime. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with six points, while freshman Matthew Glass has pitched in four with a pair of goals. Junior Kyle Parks has seen every minute between the posts, recording a 0.47 goals-against average over four starts with two shutouts.
Land of the Free
Senior forward Jake Freeman scored in back-to-back games to open his account for the season, slotting a shot into the lower corner against Washington and finishing a penalty kick against Stanford. Freeman led the team with 17 points a year ago.
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.
Form a Wall
Junior goalkeeper Kyle Parks ranks second in the Ivy League and 22nd nationally with 5.17 saves per game. The netminder has recorded two shutouts on the season, blanking Hofstra and Washington.
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).
Ivy League Digital Network
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Iona is out to a 1-6 start in 2016, with its lone victory coming against Drexel in New Rochelle, 2-1. The Crimson will visit a Gaels team in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Iona is led by Daniel Huertas and Marcos Nunez with two goals apiece, while Kellar Sirstins has tallied 21 saves in goal.
The Crimson trails in the all-time series with Iona, 1-0.
Scouting Boston University
Boston University is 3-2 to open the season, scoring victories against Massachusetts, Northeastern and Brown. Anthony Viteri leads the team with four goals and nine points, while Magnus Benediktsson has a team-best four helpers. Matt Gilbert has started all five games in goal, boasting a 1.22 goals-against average with one shutout.
The Crimson leads the all-time series with Boston University, 24-14-8.
Harvard has tallied a 3-1-1 record against Boston-area schools since the beginning of the 2014 season. During that span, Harvard has tallied two wins over Boston College, one over Northeastern and a tie with Boston University.
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.
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.
Full Release: Men's Soccer Announces Six Newcomers in Class of 2020
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 29-21-7 (.570) 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.
The Crimson hosts Yale Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in its first Ivy League action of the season. Falling during alumni weekend, kickoff is set for 4 p.m.