BOSTON – In the first of a two-game road trip, Harvard men's soccer dropped a decision to Boston University, 1-0, on Saturday evening at Nickerson Field.
Freshman Paolo Belloni-Urso led the Crimson (1-3-1) offense with three shots, and the Harvard attack outshot the Terriers (1-5) by a 6-5 margin in the contest. Freshman Matt Freese earned his first-career start between the posts, making a pair of saves in his debut.
Locked in a defensive battle in the first half, the Terriers broke the scoreless tie when Adam Sheikali found the back of the net on a pass from Satchel Cortet with under two minutes to play in the period. Midway through the second half, the Crimson offense picked up. Freshman Cornelius Bencsik connected with Belloni-Urso at the top of the 18-yard box, but he pulled the shot just wide. Moments later the Crimson had another opportunity to knot up the score after Belloni-Urso ripped a shot off Terrier defenders, but the shot ricocheted out of play.
Harvard took the game down to the wire. After a Boston University foul gave the ball back to the Crimson with under a minute to play, senior Christian Sady lobbed a pass inside six yards that brought out Terrier goalkeeper William Bonnelyche. The Terrier defense, however, was able to keep the ball from crossing the back line.
- Goalkeeper Matt Freese earned his first-career start, making a pair of stops over 90 minutes.
- In his first start of his career Freese recorded two saves.
- Senior Eric Gylling almost put the Crimson on the board first just 12 minutes in to the match, but he lined a shot off the crossbar.
- Belloni-Urso has led the Crimson in shots in four of five games this season.
- The Crimson dropped to 24-15-8 all-time against Boston University.
- Confident in back, Harvard held the Terriers to just five shots, including one in the second half.
Harvard returns to the pitch on Sept. 19 when it travels to Rhode Island for a 7 p.m. tilt.