The Crimson is back in action at Providence Saturday evening (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team goes on the road to face Providence College on Saturday September 9 at 7 p.m. It is the first meeting in four years between the Crimson and Friars.
The Opening Kickoff
- The Crimson looks to snap a two-game skid after falling to No. 14 UMass Lowell Monday Sept. 4, 3-0.
- Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks tied his career single-game, best recording six saves in each of the Crimson's first two games of the 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 from 2016, and six of its top-nine.
Last Time Out
Harvard suffered a tough road loss to No. 14 UMass-Lowell, 3-0, earlier in the week on September 4th. The Crimson and River Hawks remained scoreless at the end of the first half but UMass Lowell scored six minutes in to the second period to break the tie.
Freshman midfielder Paolo Belloni-Urso leads Harvard with five shots, including two on net on the young season. Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks, who started all 15 games last season and posted a 1.22 GAA, has recorded a .667 save percentage in 2017.
The Friars are coming off a two-game win streak following victories over in-state foes the University of Rhode Island (Sept. 2) and Bryant University (Sept. 4). Redshirt senior Mac Steeves leads the Friars with two goals and three assists for seven points.
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 17-7-3 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 36-22-8 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.
Harvard returns home on September 13 when they host Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. at Jordan Field. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network as well as Facebook Live.