A trio of student-athletes scored on Tuesday against Boston University (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing a challenging non-conference schedule to begin the 2016 campaign, Harvard men's soccer hosts its first conference opponent of the year when Yale visits Cambridge on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Jordan Field. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Hosting a Tuesday clash with a cross-town rival, Harvard men's soccer used a trio of goals to run past Boston University, 3-1, at Jordan Field. Harvard improved to 4-3-1 with the win, while Boston University moved to 3-3-1.
Junior Christian Sady, senior Jake Freeman and freshman Matthew Glass scored for the Crimson, while junior Tyler Savitsky tied a career-high with two assists. Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu also tallied an assist for Harvard, which outshot the Terriers on the night, 15-13. Junior Kyle Parks made five saves to earn his fourth win of the season.
The Crimson squad is off to a 4-3-1 start after defeating Villanova, Washington, Iona and Boston Unviersity. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with nine points on three goals and three assists, while freshman Matthew Glass has pitched in eight points with three scores and a pair of helpers. Junior Kyle Parks has seen every minute between the posts, recording a 1.58 goals-against average over eight starts with two shutouts.
Land of the Free
Senior forward Jake Freeman scored in back-to-back games to start his tally for the season, slotting a shot into the lower corner against Washington and finishing a penalty kick against Stanford. The Melville, New York native put home his third of the year on Tuesday against Boston University. 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.
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard holds a 13-4-1 record in the month of October. The Crimson posted a 6-2 mark a year ago in the Halloween month, including three over Ancient Eight foes.
Strength of Schedule
Harvard has played one of the most difficult schedules in the country to this point, and the Crimson holds a 2-1-1 record against RPI top-50 opponents. Additionally, the program's lowest RPI defeat came at the hands of Stanford, which was the top-ranked team in the preseason NSCAA poll.
Form a Wall
Junior goalkeeper Kyle Parks ranks second in the Ivy League and 29th nationally with 4.86 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 one-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.
Yale is 1-3-1 on the season, picking up its lone victory against Sacred Heart while playing even with Michigan to open the season. Nicky Downs leads the offense with a team-high four points, while a trio of other Bulldogs have also scored. Kees Schipper has played every second in goal, making 12 saves with one shutout.
The Crimson leads the all-time series with Yale, 53-38-11, and has won two-straight contests in the series.
Harvard has tallied a 4-1-1 record against Boston-area schools since the beginning of the 2014 season. During that span, Harvard has tallied two wins over Boston College, one victory versus Northeastern and a win and tie against 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 16-5-2 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.
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
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.
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 30-21-7 (.573) 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 Cornell to finish its three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. The kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.