Men’s Soccer Plays To 3-3 Draw with Yale

Three different players scored for Harvard (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Completing a dramatic comeback but allowing a late goal, Harvard men's soccer played to a 3-3 draw with Yale on a rainy Saturday at Jordan Field. The tie was the first Ivy contest for both programs.

Harvard (4-3-2, 0-0-1) found the back of the net three times in the game, courtesy of seniors Jake Freeman and Daniel Smith and freshman Matthew Glass. Junior Christian Sady tallied a career-best three assists, while junior Justin Crichlow also registered a helper. The Crimson outshot the Bulldogs (1-3-2, 0-0-1) by a 22-11 margin, including a 17-7 advantage over the final 65 minutes.

Yale's Kyle Kenagy put the Bulldogs on the board first, heading home a corner from Nicky Downs in the 15th minute. The lead was pushed to 2-0 in the 56th minute after a defensive error led to an unassisted score from John Leisman.

The Crimson pulled one back in the 60th minute after Freeman banged home a rebound after a shot from Sady. The score was the fourth of the year for Freeman, which is tied for the team lead, and the 16th of his career.

Smith netted his first goal of the year in the 76th frame, heading home a cross from Crichlow. Sady and Crichlow connected to start the sequence, with the outside back eventually finding the head of Smith for a shot that beat the goalkeeper. The score was the sixth of his career.

Less than two minutes later, Sady found Glass with a pass at the top of the box, and the first-year midfielder stuck a shot in the lower left corner to give the Crimson the lead, 3-2. The score was his fourth of the year, tied for the team high, while Sady's third assist of the game was a career-high.

Yale fought back to tie the game in the 87th minute, sticking a shot home from Henry Flugstad-Clark. Kenagy and Downs assisted on the play.

Both teams had three shots in the two overtime periods, and the Crimson threatened to score as time expired, but the time ran out and ended the game in a tie.

Harvard takes the field again on Saturday, Oct. 8 against Cornell. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.