Men’s Soccer Opens 2017 Campaign at Home with Xavier

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Harvard vs. Xavier
Sept. 1, 2017
  4:30 p.m.
Ohiri Field
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    Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
First meeting

The Crimson will play 10 home games in 2017 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the first whistle of the season inching closer, Harvard men's soccer will host Xavier in its season debut on Friday, Sept. 1 on Ohiri Field. Kicking off at 4:30 p.m., the action will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

The Opening Kickoff

  • The Crimson is set to play 10 home games at Jordan Field or Ohiri Field this season, including non-conference battles with Xavier, Northeastern, Albany, Vermont, New Hampshire and Boston College.
  • Senior defenders Eric Gylling and Justin Crichlow were elected captains for the 2017 season.
  • Harvard's roster has a talented core, which helped the Crimson climb as high as No. 15 in the RPI a year ago. The Crimson returns four of its top-five scorers, and six of its top-nine.

Scouting Harvard
Sophomore Matthew Glass and senior Christian Sady tallied 11 points in 2016 to lead all returners, while senior Eric Gylling contributed three game-winning goals. Senior Kyle Parks saw every second in goal, posting a 1.22 goals-against average with six shutouts.

Scouting Xavier
The Musketeers hold a 1-1 record in 2017, earning a win over Drake but falling to Loyola Chicago. Taylor Cameron has found the back of the net twice to start the year, while Jacob Goodall has dished a trio of assists. Zachary Nelson holds a 0.98 goals-against average over 184 minutes with three saves.

The meeting will be the first in series history.

The Class of 2021
Adding a talented group of six to the roster, Harvard men's soccer announced the incoming class of 2021 over the summer: Paolo Belloni-Urso, Cornelius Bencsik, Rory Conway, Fernando Docters, Matt Freese, and Sebastian Lindner-Liaw.

Full announcement: Men's Soccer Announces Class of 2021

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.

After leading Harvard on the field, Harvard men's soccer's Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu '17 was selected with the second pick of the third round in the 2017 MLS  SuperDraft by Atlanta United FC. Wheeler-Omiunu was the eighth student-athlete in program history to be selected in the draft, and the first since 2013. He made his debut for the club in the US Open Cup first round.

At the Helm
Pieter Lehrer is in his fifth 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 (.615) record over four years. Each of Lehrer's teams has won at last four Ivy League games, with 17 players earning All-Ivy nods.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.

What's Next?
Harvard hits the road for the first time, taking a short trip to No. 14 UMass Lowell. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and the action will be broadcast on