DURHAM, N.C. – The Harvard men's soccer team (0-2-0) was edged 3-0 by No. 5 Duke (4-0-0) this afternoon in Durham, N.C. The Crimson's defensive corps limited the damage while rookie goalkeeper Bobby Harraka put up another strong performance in net.
Harraka made his second career start today, recording six saves against his second top-20 opponent in as many games. Alfred Perez led the roster on offense with two shots.
Harvard held Duke scoreless through the opening frame, Harraka posting three saves in the process.
In contrast to its last outing, the Crimson was able to hold off Duke until the 52nd minute but the Blue Devils quickly converted again in the 54th minute to go up 2-0. Harvard's defense was relentless, keeping Duke off the board until the 88th minute when the Crimson conceded a penalty kick to set the final score at 3-0.
- Nine players played all 90 minutes.
- Duke head coach, John Kerr, coached at Harvard from 1999-2007.
- Harvard drops to 1-4 all-time against Duke.
Harvard will continue its road stretch next Friday, Sept. 13 at Vermont. First kick is set for 7 p.m. in Burlington, Vt.