NEW YORK – The Harvard men's soccer team ran into the top defensive team in the Ivy League, falling to Columbia, 6-0, on Sunday afternoon.
Making his second start of his career, and first since Sept. 16 against Boston University, freshman Matt Freese played all 90 minutes, making two saves for the Crimson.
Columbia jumped on the scoreboard early, scoring twice in the first five minutes of the contest. After finding the back of the net at the 1:21 mark, senior Arthur Bosua extend the lead to 2-0 scoring his second goal 2:39 later off a corner kick by John Denis.
Harvard was not backing down. Midway through the first period, the Crimson had its best opportunity to cut the deficit in half. Senior midfielder Christian Sady lined up for Harvard's first corner kick of the match, but the ball deflected off a Columbia defender on the far-side of the pitch. The Crimson was not able to muster much offense against the Lions' solid defense.
- Freshman goalkeeper Matt Freese made his second career start, recording two saves.
- Seniors Christian Sady and Nathan Goldberg, each, took a shot on net.
- Harvard and Columbia combined for eight corner kicks in the first half.
- It was the first loss in three years against Columbia.
Harvard closes out the 2017 season on Saturday, Nov. 11, hosting Penn on senior day at 4 p.m.