Men's Soccer Battles No. 21 New Hampshire To A 1-1 Draw

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks recorded his career single-match best, rejecting 11 of 12 shots on net as Harvard battled No. 21 New Hampshire to a 1-1 draw Tuesday evening.

The Wildcats had the momentum early, outshooting the Crimson, 10-4, while holding the edge on corner kicks in the first period. But the Harvard defense held their ground and kept the game scoreless throughout the half.

Harvard had its best chance to score with nine minutes remaining in the first period. Freshman Paolo Belloni-Urso corralled a deflected throw-in at the top of the 18 yard box, before ripping a shot off a New Hampshire defender.  

The Crimson jumped on the scoreboard six minutes into the second period. Belloni-Urso took a pass from sophomore Philip Hausen, dribbled to within eight yards before pulling the trigger for his second goal of the season.

Harvard maintained the lead for the next 15 minutes before New Hampshire's Chris Arling connected on a penalty kick to tie the game at one in the 66th minute. The match stood all square for the next 14 minutes sending the game into overtime.

Midway through the first overtime, New Hampshire looked primed to score but freshman Rory Conway re-directed a shot attempt from Arling to keep the game going. Parks forced a second overtime with back-to-back saves in the last two minutes.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Parks played all 110 minutes, registering a career single-match high 11 saves
  • Belloni-Urso registered his second goal of the season in the 51st minute
  • Hausen recorded his team-leading third assist of the season.

Game Notes:

  • New Hampshire outshot Harvard, 26-11, but the shots was even in the second period, 7-7

What's Next:
Harvard returns to Ivy League action, Saturday, Oct. 7 at Cornell at 4:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.