CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team (1-1-0) held on to defeat the Providence Friars (1-2-1) 2-1 on Monday night at Jordan Field. Seniors Cesar Farias Jr. and Jack Miler tag teamed for the scores, their firsts of the season, to give the Crimson a 1-0 record on home turf.
Matt Freese nearly reset his career high from Friday, making four saves in net for his first career win. Sebastian Lindner-Liaw and Paolo Belloni-Urso added assists on the goals, their first and second helpers of the season, respectively.
After a slow start to the game, Farias Jr. cracked the scoreboard for the Crimson in the 36th minute when he fired in a cross from Lindner-Liaw on the outside. Then, with three seconds remaining in the first half, Belloni-Urso took a corner that the 6' 1" Miler was able to head into the net.
Early in the second half, the Friars took a note from the Crimson playbook when Tiago Mendonca headed in a corner kick from teammate Joao Serrano to cut Harvard's lead to one. Backed by a solid performance from Freese, the Crimson was able to outlast the Friars for the win.
- Harvard earned its first win at home of the season.
- Cesar Farias Jr. and Jack Miler each scored their first goals of the season.
- Miler's goal, the game-winner, was the first of his career.
- Matt Freese earned his first career win.
- Harvard improves to 12-5 all-time against Providence.
- The Crimson was won two-straight matches against the Friars.
Harvard will continue its home stretch hosting UMass Lowell on Thursday, Sept. 6. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on ESPN+ and NESN. Harvard students are invited to attend Crimson Kickoff, featuring a tailgate before the game that will include free food and yard games.