The Crimson returns to the pitch Saturday night against Boston University at 7 p.m. (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team is back in action Saturday evening Sept. 16 for a 7 p.m. tilt against Boston University at Nickerson Field. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- The Crimson is coming off a 1-1 tie against Northeastern.
- Sophomore Philip Hausen and Ivy League Rookie of the Week Paolo Belloni-Urso lead Harvard with three points with each recording a goal and assist on the season
- Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks has appeared and started in all four games this season, recording a 1.89 goals against average.
Last Time Out
Harvard and Northeastern battled to a 1-1 deadlock earlier in the week on Wednesday Sept. 13. Hausen scored his first goal of the season 10 minutes into the match on a pass from Belloni-Urso. However, the Huskies answered midway through the first period on a long goal from midfield. Parks kept the game all square at one throughout the second half and both overtime periods, registering a new single-game best seven saves.
Harvard is a 1-2-1 on the season following Wednesday's tie against Northeastern. Parks has anchored a solid defense for the Crimson, registering 1.89 GAA through the first four matches and has recorded six saves or more in three of them.
Scouting Boston University
At 0-5-0 on the season, the Terriers are coming off back-to-back road losses against UMass (Sept. 9) and Albany (Sept. 5). Against the Minutemen, they kept the match scoreless throughout the entire first period before UMass scored five minutes into the second half. Earlier this season, they dropped a 2-0 contest to, then, No. 14 UMass Lowell.
This will be the 48th meeting between the two institutions with Harvard holding the series lead, 24-14-8. The Crimson won last year 's match at home 3-1 on Sept. 27.
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 17-6-3 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 have 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 continues its two-game road trip Sept. 19 at Rhode Island. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.