Dogan Nets OT Winner to Send Men’s Soccer Past Boston University

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team (2-5-0) rallied from a 1-0 deficit to overcome Boston University (1-4-2) in overtime, securing a 2-1 win on Wednesday night at Jordan Field. Taner Dogan made the final strike, recording his second goal of the season while Cesar Farias Jr. tallied the equalizer late in the second half. Paolo Belloni-Urso added his team-leading third assist of the season on Dogan's game-winner while Nate Devine registered his first assist on Farias Jr.'s score. 

Matt Freese manned the net for the Crimson, stopping four shots by the Terriers. Håvard Hjermstad and Alfred Perez contributed to the offense, notching three and two shots respectively. 

Play began slow, neither team managing a shot until the 31st minute when Farias Jr. attempted to knock in a header that was blocked by the defense. Play continued at a back and forth pace until Boston University's Satchel Cortet drew out Freese as he approached the net. After making the initial save off Cortet, Freese was unable to gain control of the ball which left an open shot from the left corner of the six-yard box for Austin D'Anna to take advantage, putting the Terriers up 1-0. 

Heading into the second half down 1-0, the Crimson picked up the pace of play but was still struggling to get a good look on net. With 11:39 remaining on the clock in regulation, Cesar Farias Jr. forced the possibility of overtime when he punched in a cross from Nate Devine on the outside. Less than three minutes into the first overtime period, Paolo Belloni-Urso was able to tee-up a cross that Taner Dogan buried in the right corner of the net for the 2-1 Crimson win.   

Harvard Highlights

  • Taner Dogan notched his second goal of the season, the game-winner.
  • Cesar Farias Jr. netted his second goal of the season.
  • Paolo Belloni-Urso added his team-leading third assist of the season.
  • Harvard put up a season high twelve shots with five of them on target. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard improves to 26-15-8 all-time with Boston University.
  • Eight different Harvard players saw action wire-to-wire in tonight's contest.
  • Harvard won its first overtime contest since October 2016.

What's Next
The Crimson will return to action for its Ivy League opener on Sept. 29 versus Yale. The game is set for a 4 p.m. kick at Jordan Field.