BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Harvard men's soccer team (0-3-0) dropped a 4-2 decision at Vermont (3-2-0) on Friday night at Virtue Field. The Crimson tallied its first goals of the season off the feet of Alfred Perez and Martin Vician.
In addition to Perez's and Fernando Docters' first points of the season, and Vician's and Willem Ebbinge's first career points, first year Bobby Harraka put up another strong performance in net with nine saves.
Vermont got on the scoreboard first, punching the ball into the top corner off a set piece in the 17th minute. Just four minutes later the Catamounts doubled their score when Örn Árnason chipped in a deep cross from the left sideline. In the opening 45, Bobby Harraka totaled three saves.
Harvard wasted no time in the second half. Less than a minute into the bottom frame, Alfred Perez tipped in a cross from Fernando Docters to put the Crimson on the board for the first time this season. Vermont reclaimed its two-goal lead in the 61st minute on a breakaway. Harvard fought back again in the 71st minute when Martin Vician scored his first career tally off a free kick from classmate Willem Ebbinge. The Catamounts increased the pressure and were able to beat Harraka right out front, making the score 4-2 with 17 minutes remaining on the clock.
- Bobby Harraka made nine saves in net, and now leads the Ivy League for total saves this season (24).
- Cornelius Bencsik and Martin Vician led the offense with four shots apiece.
- Martin Vician and Willem Ebbinge scored the first points of their collegiate careers.
- Vermont takes a 6-5-1 lead in the all-time series.
- 10 of 11 starters played all 90 minutes.
- Harvard fired 12 total shots, six on target.
The Crimson will trek south to Providence, R.I. to take on the Providence College Friars on Monday, Sept. 16. Game time is set for 7 p.m.