Harvard clinches the Ivy's automatic bid with a win (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Celebrating its senior class in a contest with significant Ivy ramifications, Harvard men's soccer hosts Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Around the Ivy League
With two games left to kick off in the Ivy calendar, Harvard hosts a three-point advantage over Columbia and Dartmouth. With a win against the Lions, the Crimson will clinch a share of the Ivy crown in addition to the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Harvard needs four points over its final two outings to secure the title outright.
Last Time Out
Led to victory after an 80th-minute goal from junior Sam Brown, Harvard men's soccer took sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a 1-0 victory at Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon in Hanover. Harvard improved to 10-3-2 in the season with an unbeaten 4-0-1 mark in Ivy action, while Dartmouth dropped to 5-4-5 on the season with a 3-1-1 mark in the Ancient Eight.
Brown netted his first goal of the season, and second of his career, powering a shot from 25 yards into the lower right corner. Freshman Matthew Glass tallied his third assist of the season on the play. Senior Kyle Parks made a pair of saves in goal to earn his sixth shutout of the year.
The Class of 2017
Harvard is set to celebrate the class of 2017 in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday: Mark Ashby, Jake Freeman, Alex Leondis, Daniel Smith, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu and Pieter Zenner. The group of six has been one of the winningest classes in program history, with Harvard tallying 37 total wins and an 18-5-3 mark in Ivy play (.750). The Crimson's winning percentage in conference play is the best among the Ivy senior classes.
Harvard checked in at No. 15 in the Oct. 31 RPI update. Harvard holds a 5-1-1 record against the top-50 in the rankings, including a 3-1-0 mark versus the top-25. The Crimson's top win came Sept. 11 when the Crimson topped Washington, 1-0.
Junior Eric Gylling tallied game-winning goals in three-straight contests, netting goals against Brown (Oct. 14), Princeton (Oct. 22) and New Hampshire (Oct. 25). The trio of goals were the first of the Sacramento native's career.
Player of the Week
After scoring a clutch goal in the 80th minute against Dartmouth, junior Sam Brown was recognized as the Player of the Week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the Ivy League.
Brown tallied a goal and two assists on the week in a pair of victories over New Hampshire and Dartmouth. He set up both Harvard goals against the Wildcats, including a golden goal winner in the closing minutes of double overtime. He then scored the game-winning goal against Dartmouth from 25 yards in the 80th minute, giving the Crimson sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.
The national player of the week award, which began in 2010, was a first for a Harvard soccer player. The Ivy award, meanwhile, was Harvard's second of the year, as junior Kyle Parks was the Ivy Player of the Week on Oct. 17.
The Crimson squad is off to a 10-3-2 start, and is 4-0-1 in Ivy play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with 19 points on seven goals and five assists, while junior Christian Sady and freshman Matthew Glass have pitched in 11 points apiece. Junior Kyle Parks has seen every minute between the posts, recording a 1.22 goals-against average over 15 starts with six shutouts.
Setting a new career-best, junior Kyle Parks posted a 303-minute scoreless streak that spanned five games from Oct. 1-22. The keeper shut out three-consecutive opponents in Cornell, Boston College and Brown.
Rookie of the Week
Freshman midfielder Taner Dogan was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Oct. 17-23.
Dogan scored for the second time in three games, opening the scoring against Princeton after he volleyed home a long throw-in from junior Justin Crichlow. The goal, which was the second of Dogan's career, helped push the Crimson's unbeaten streak to seven games.
The award was Harvard's third of the season, as Matthew Glass earned the award twice (Sept. 6, Oct. 3)
Columbia is 11-3-1 on the season, and sits second in the Ivy League at 3-1-1. Arthur Bosua leads the Lions' offense with four goals and three assists, while John Denis and Alex Bangerl have tallied three goals apiece. Dylan Castanheira and Zach Adler have split time in goal, combining for seven shutouts and 56 saves.
The Crimson leads the all-time series with Columbia, 38-23-5, with wins in each of the last three meetings.
Golden Boot Race
Senior Jake Freeman is second in the Ivy League with 19 points, just behind of Princeton's Greg Seifert (25). Freeman is third in the league with seven goals, while junior Christian Sady and freshman Matthew Glass are tied for fifth in the league with 11 points.
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard holds a 19-4-2 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 went 6-0-1 in October this year.
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.
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.
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 36-21-8 (.612) 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 Penn to conclude the 2016 Ivy slate on Saturday, Nov. 12. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.