Men's Soccer Falls to Albany, 3-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Cornelius Bencsik's first goal of his collegiate career was not enough to lift Harvard past Albany, as the Crimson fell to the Great Danes, 3-1, Sunday evening.

Harvard found itself in an early hole. Albany struck first in the 21st minute when senior Afonso Pinheiro connected with junior Nico Solabarrieta, who found the back of the net from six yards out.

The Crimson kept the deficit at one for the much of the first period however a late Albany charge towards the end of the period put the Great Danes up by two entering the intermission. Off a free-kick from the far-side of the field, Albany sophomore Adam Malekos headed the ball into the top right corner to give Albany the two-goal advantage.

Harvard kicked up their game in the second period, out-shooting Albany, 6-4. But midway through the half, Pinheiro added to the Albany lead with a header to increase the Great Dane lead to 3-0. However, five minutes later the Crimson avoided the shut-out.

Moving the ball around inside their Albany territory, Bencsik erased the shut-out with his first goal of the season, and career. In the 67th minute, freshman Fernando Doctors and senior Christian Sady made cross pass to Bencsik, who buried the ball in the back of the net.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Freshman Cornelius Bencsik recorded his first career goal in the 67th minute.
  • Freshman Fernando Docters also recorded his first career assist on Bencsik's 67' minute goal.
  • Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks played all 90 minutes, recording three saves.

Game Notes:

  • The matchup was the first between the two schools in series history.
  • Albany out-shot Harvard 11-9 – Harvard had the advantage in the second period, 6-4.
  • Harvard had advantage on corner kicks, 3-0.

What's Next:
Harvard returns to the pitch on Tuesday, hosting Vermont at 5 p.m. on Jordan Field. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.