Men’s Soccer Opens 2018 Campaign at Albany, Welcomes Providence

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team is set to open the 2018 campaign, bookending Labor Day weekend with a road match at Albany on Aug. 31 before welcoming Providence to Jordan Field for its home opener on Sept. 3. Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m. 

How to Follow
Broadcast: at Albany: Great Danes TV | vs. Providence: ESPN+
Live Stats: at Albany | vs. Providence
Twitter: @harvardmsoccer
Admission: FREE 

What to Know

  • Harvard returns three of its top five point scorers from 2017, including Philip Hausen, Paolo Belloni-Urso and Matthew Glass.
  • Harvard has only met Albany once before, dropping a 3-1 decision last season.
  • The Crimson owns an 11-4 all-time record against Providence, defeating the Friars 2-1 last time the two programs met.
  • Paolo Belloni-Urso recently returned from Honduras, where he participated in the UNCAF U19 Tournament. The tournament is part of the training program for the CONCACAF U20 Championship in November, that will determine which teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean will advance to the 2019 World Championship in Poland.
  • Harvard looks to end an eight-year Ivy League Championship drought, its last title coming in 2009.

At the Helm
Pieter Lehrer, The Virginia B. and James O. Welch Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, enters his sixth season at the helm of the Crimson in 2018. Prior to the 2018 season, Lehrer has amassed a 39-31-12 overall record while going 19-9-5 in Ivy League play and has led Harvard to a top three conference finish in three of the last five seasons. 

Next Up
The Crimson will make a quick turnaround to host UMass-Lowell on Thursday, Sept. 6. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Jordan Field.