Harvard has scored three goals in back-to-back games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting its second Ivy League opponent of 2016, Harvard men's soccer welcomes Cornell to Jordan Field to close its three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 4 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
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.
Rookie of the Week
Matthew Glass was announced as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on October 3 after a two-goal week against Boston University and Yale.
Glass scored in back-to-back games, extending his points streak to four games. On Tuesday against Boston University, the Sacramento, California native slotted home the third Crimson goal of the game to seal the win, and he followed the performance with a go-ahead goal in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Yale.
The award was his second of the season, as he was also named Rookie of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 4.
The Crimson squad is off to a 4-3-2 start after defeating Villanova, Washington, Iona and Boston University. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists, while freshman Matthew Glass has pitched in 10 points with four scores and a pair of helpers. Junior Kyle Parks has seen every minute between the posts, recording a 1.69 goals-against average over nine starts with two shutouts.
Golden Boot Race
Senior Jake Freeman and freshman Matthew Glass are tied for second in the Ivy League with four goals – a mark that trails only Alec Neumann from Penn. Freeman and Glass also sit second and third, respectively, with 11 and 10 points on the season. Freeman holds the league lead in shots on goal (13), and is tied for the top mark in shots (25) and game-winning goals (2).
Land of the Free
Senior forward Jake Freeman has scored in back-to-back games twice this season, and has tallied a goal or assist in five of the last six outings. The Melville, New York native slotted a shot into the lower corner against Washington and finished a penalty kick against Stanford. Adding to his total, Freeman sent home his third of the year against Boston University and rebounded a shot for a goal against Yale. 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 13-4-2 record in the month of October. The Crimson posted a 6-2 mark a year ago in the Halloween month, including three wins 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 is second in the Ivy League with 41 saves on the season. The netminder has recorded two shutouts on the season, blanking Hofstra and Washington.
The Big Red is 0-8-2 on the season, earning draws with Central Connecticut State and Binghamton. Brady Dickens and George Pedlow have each found the back of the net twice, with Dickens holding a team-high five points. Ryan Shellow has seen the most time in goal, making a league best 42 saves with a 2.15 goals-against average.
The Crimson leads the all-time series with Cornell, 40-22-15, and has won three-straight contests in the series.
Holding The Big Red's Number
The Harvard senior class has never lost to Cornell, going 3-0 with a plus-four goal differential over the last three meetings. Juniors Sam Brown and Christian Sady scored in last year's 2-0 meeting in Ithaca.
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 16-5-3 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 30-21-8 (.571) 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 travels to Boston College to begin a five-game road trip on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.