Second Half Goals Send Men’s Soccer Past Iona, 2-1

Second Half Goals Send Men’s Soccer Past Iona, 2-1

Sady tallied the game-winner with his first score of the season (Gil Talbot).

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Netting a pair of goals over the final 10 minutes, Harvard men's soccer topped Iona, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Mazzella Field. Harvard improved to 3-3-1 with the result, while Iona dropped to 1-7.

Senior Alex Leondis and junior Christian Sady found the back of the net for the Crimson, scoring in the 82nd and 88th minutes to secure the victory. The scores, twice assisted by freshman Matthew Glass, while senior Jake Freeman and junior Justin Crichlow also provided assists. Harvard outshot the Gaels, 13-7, and earned 13 corner kicks against only four for Iona.

Iona struck first with a goal in the eighth minute after a chip from Daniel Huertas found its way across the goal line. Teddy Forson was credited an assist on the play.

Shots were even, 3-3, in the first period, but the Harvard offense came alive with a 10-4 advantage in attempts fired in the second half, with five of those on goal. Leondis scored his second-career goal in the 82nd frame, banging home a pass from Glass following a long throw-in from Crichlow to level to score, 1-1.

Just over six minutes later, Sady gave the Crimson the lead, 2-1, when he beat the goalkeeper at the near post following a through ball from Freeman. The score was Sady's sixth-career goal, while Freeman tallied his team-leading seventh point of the season. Glass started the sequence from the top of the box to earn his second helper of the game.

Junior Kyle Parks kept the Gaels at bay over the final minutes to preserve the win. Harvard continues its non-league slate when it hosts Boston University on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Jordan Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.