CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard returns home, welcoming No. 12 New Hampshire to Jordan Field on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN and will also be shown on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- Freshman Cornelius Bencsik and sophomore Philip Hausen share the team lead with four points.
- Senior Christian Sady scored the game-winner in the 87th minute of a 2-1 road win over Yale (Sept. 30).
- Sady and freshman Paolo Belloni-Urso are second in points with three, each tallying a goal and an assist.
- Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks has started seven of eight matches, making 30 saves.
Last Time Out
Harvard opened Ivy League play with a comeback, 2-1, road win against Yale (Sept. 30), scoring twice in the final seven minutes. Bencsik recorded his second-career goal in the 83rd minute for the equalizer before Sady found the back of the net, four minutes later, for the game-winner.
Havard is 2-5-1 on the season and 1-0 in Ivy League play, following a non-league win against Providence and a conference win over Yale. Bencsik and Hausen currently lead the Crimson with four points while Bencsik leads the team in goals with two. Sady and Belloni-Urso are tied for second in points with three – one goal and an assist.
Scouting No. 12 New Hampshire
At 6-1-2, New Hampshire faces its second Ivy League opponent of the season. Earlier in the year, the Wildcats battled Columbia to a 1-1 stalemate on Sept. 9. New Hampshire is coming off its first loss of the season, a 1-0 shut-out against Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore (Sept. 30).
This will be the 10th meeting between the two institutions with Harvard leading the series, 7-2. Harvard won last season's meeting by a double overtime, 2-1 decision on Oct. 25, 2016.
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 17-8-4 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 returns to Ivy League play Saturday, Oct. 7 on the road at Cornell at 4:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.