Men’s Soccer Hands Cornell a 4-0 Defeat

Freeman tallied a brace to lead the offense (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting its second Ivy opponent of 2016, Harvard men's soccer used a series of early goals to push past Cornell, 4-0. Harvard improved to 5-3-2 with the win, and 1-0-1 in Ancient Eight action, while Cornell fell to 0-9-2 with a 0-2 start in conference play.

Senior Jake Freeman tied a career high with two goals, ending with five points on the night to lead the Harvard offense. Sophomore Cesar Farias and junior Christian Sady also found the back of the net, while five different student-athletes were credited assists in the contest. Junior Kyle Parks made six saves to earn his third-career shutout.

It took Harvard only 2:44 to get on the board in the opening frame, as Farias slotted a shot past the goalkeeper to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. Freeman flicked a ball to junior Sam Brown, who was able to find Farias with a through ball to lead to the score. The score was Farias' second of the season.

Freeman doubled Harvard's advantage in the 20th minute, chesting a chipped through ball from Sady before finishing a shot in the right side of the goal. The score was the first of two on the night for Freeman, who finished with a career-high five points.

Sady scored from a corner kick in the 35th minute, as his in-swinging cross found its way across the goal line before Cornell could clear the ball away. With three points in the contest, Sady extended his points streak to four games.

Putting the finishing touches on the scoring for the game, junior Justin Crichlow and senior Daniel Smith set up Freeman for his second goal, pushing the Harvard advantage to 4-0. A long throw-in from Crichlow met the head off Smith, who was able to find Freeman in front of the net for the tap-in. Freeman has six goals and 16 points on the season, which leads the Ivy League as of the game's completion.

Harvard kicks off a five-game road trip at Boston College on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.