Men's Soccer Drops Second Game of a Two-Game Homestand to Vermont

Harvard drops second game of a two-game homestand to Vermont (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team dropped the second game of a two-game homestand to Vermont, 2-0, Tuesday evening.

Making his sixth start in net, senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks kept Vermont off the scoreboard, deflecting a six-yard shot off the crossbar in the opening 16 minutes. In the first half, Parks rejected four shots on net to keep the match scoreless going into the half.

At the start of the second period, freshman goalkeeper Matthew Freese made his second appearance of the season. Facing pressure early, Freese recorded three saves before exiting the game, following a red card, in the 54th minute.

Awarded a penalty shot, Vermont's Mikel Kabala broke the scoreless tie, converting on the kick. The Catamounts added an insurance goal late in the match to increase their lead to two. 

The Crimson had two late scoring opportunities to cut the deficit in half. Freshman Paulo Belloni-Urso lined free kick at Vermont goalkeeper Alex Popovich. Five minutes later freshman Sebastian Lindner-Liaw ripped as shot from the right-side of the box but was saved by a diving Popovich. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks played the entire first half, made four saves.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Matthew Freese started the second half, made three saves in 10 minutes.
  • Freshmen Paolo Belloni-Urso and Sebastian Lindner-Liaw recorded two shots-on-goal in the last 11 minutes.

Game Notes:

  • The series between Harvard and Vermont is tied, 5-5-1.
  • Vermont out-shot Harvard, 17-9 while also having the 9-5 advantage on corner kicks.

What's Next:
Harvard opens Ivy League play Saturday, Sept. 30 at Yale at 4 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.