CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team welcomes Vermont to Jordan Field for the second contest of a two-game home-stand, Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- Freshman Paulo Belloni-Urso and sophomore Philip Hausen share the team lead with three points.
- Belloni-Urso scored the game winning goal in the 84th minute in a 2-1 win against Providence (Sept. 9).
- Six Crimson players have one assist on the year.
- Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks has started five of six matches in net, making 24 saves.
Last Time Out
The Crimson fell to Albany, 3-1, on Sunday Sept. 24. Freshman midfield Cornelius Bencsik recorded his first career goal in the 67th minute to break up the shut-out. Albany out-shot Harvard 11-9 overall but the Crimson had the advantage in the second half, out-shooting the Great Danes, 6-4.
Harvard is 1-4-1 on the season, following a win against Providence and a tie against Northeastern. Hausen and Belloni-Urso currently lead the Crimson with three points – one goal and an assist. Sophomore Matthew Glass and freshman Cornelius Bencsik have the third and fourth goals, respectively, while six Crimson have one assist.
At 4-4, Vermont faces their third Ivy League opponent this season. The Catamounts are coming off a 5-2 loss to Dartmouth on Sept. 23. Two weeks prior, they defeated Yale, at home, 1-0, on Sept. 9. Junior Geo Alves scored the game-winner against the Bulldogs in 41st minute on a pass from Jon Arnar Barddal.
This will be the 11th meeting, and first since 2011, between the two institutions. Vermont won the last meeting by a 1-0 decision on Sept. 18, 2011.
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 17-7-4 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 opens Ivy League play on Saturday Sept. 30 at Yale at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.