Harvard is unbeaten in its last five outings (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Continuing its road trip, Harvard men's soccer returns to Ivy action on Friday at 7 p.m. against Brown. The kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Opening a five-game road trip with the RPI's No. 12 team, Harvard men's soccer topped Boston College, 2-0, on Tuesday night at Newton Campus Field. Harvard improved to 6-3-2 with the result, while Boston College fell to 6-4-1.
Freshman Taner Dogan and junior Tyler Savitsky netted their first-career goals to push Harvard to victory over the Eagles. Junior Justin Crichlow and sophomore Cesar Farias picked up assists on the goals, and junior Kyle Parks registered his fourth shutout of the season between the posts, making four saves.
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 6-3-2 start, and is 1-0-1 in Ivy play after defeating Cornell and tying Yale. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with 16 points on six goals and four assists, while freshman Matthew Glass and junior Christian Sady have pitched in 10 points apiece. Junior Kyle Parks has seen every minute between the posts, recording a 1.40 goals-against average over 11 starts with four shutouts.
The Bears hold a 6-4-1 overall record, with a 1-0-1 mark in Ivy League play. Nico Lozada leads the team with 10 points, while Matthew Chow has tallied a team-best four goals. Erik Hanson has seen the most time in net, where he boasts a 0.94 goals-against average with three shutouts.
The Crimson leads the all-time series with Brown, 48-29-13, including a 1-0 win in Cambridge last season.
Golden Boot Race
Senior Jake Freeman leads the Ivy League with 16 points, just ahead of Princeton's Greg Seifert and Penn's Alec Neumann. Freeman is second in the league with six goals, while freshman Matthew Glass and junior Christian Sady are tied for fourth in the league with 10 points.
Strength of Schedule
Harvard has played one of the most difficult schedules in the country to this point, and the Crimson holds a 3-3-1 record against RPI top-50 opponents. The Harvard wins came against the 12th, 14th and 34th-ranked teams in the RPI, as of the October 10 update.
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard holds a 15-4-2 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, and the team is 2-0-1 in October this year.
Land of the Free
Senior forward Jake Freeman scored in three-straight contests from Sept. 27-Oct. 8, including a two-goal outing against Cornell, and has tallied a point six of the last eight outings. 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.
Form a Wall
Junior goalkeeper Kyle Parks is first in the Ivy League with 51 saves on the season. The netminder has recorded four shutouts on the season, blanking Hofstra, Washington, Cornell and Boston College.
Harvard has tallied a 5-1-1 record against Boston-area schools since the beginning of the 2014 season. During that span, Harvard has tallied three 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 17-5-3 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 32-21-8 (.590) 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 Princeton for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, October 22. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.