Double Overtime Not Enough to Settle 3-3 Draw at Men’s Soccer

Taner Dogan heading in the game-tying goal against Merrimack
photo credit Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Double overtime was not enough as the Harvard men's soccer team (0-4-1) drew a 3-3 tie with Merrimack (2-3-1) on Tuesday night at Jordan Field. After securing a 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute, the Crimson gave up three straight before senior captain Taner Dogan scored the game-tying goal to force extra time with just eight seconds on the clock in regulation. 

Harvard posted its best offensive performance this season, totaling 24 shots with 14 on target. Of the three scores, Duncan Sutherland put up his first career tally, Alfred Perez fired seven of his eight shots on net and Taner Dogan came in clutch in the final seconds. Adding to the success, first-year Oskar Nilsson played all 110 minutes and registered 10 saves, a new career high. 

The Crimson came out fast, Sutherland putting up a score just eight minutes in. As Merrimack tried to move the ball across the defensive line, the first-year drew the goalie out and lobbed the ball into the open net. In the 22nd minute, sophomore Alfred Perez doubled Harvard's lead when he gained control of a Willem Ebbinge free kick from 30 yards out and beat the keeper from the six-yard box. Before the half, the Warriors would tie up the match with mirror goals. In both cases, Merrimack's Aasmund Joedahl fired shots from dead center 35 yards out. 

The contest remained tight and scoreless through the second half until Merrimack broke the silence in the 87th minute to take a 3-2 lead. After the Warriors bounced a shot off the left post, Filipo Begliardi Ghidini punched the ball in from close range. Harvard responded with eight seconds on the clock when Duncan Sutherland put a corner kick in the center of the box where Taner Dogan leaped above the chaos and gave the Crimson an opportunity to continue play. 

Through both overtime periods, Harvard put three attempts up to Merrimack's two but neither team was able to take away the victory. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Duncan Sutherland scored his first career goal and assist.
  • Seven student-athletes played all 110 minutes.
  • Oskar Nilsson made 10 saves, the most for a Harvard goalie since Oct. 2017. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard held a 5-4 advantage on corner kicks.
  • The Crimson was outshot 30-24 but put 14 on target to the Warriors' 13.
  • Harvard and Merrimack open their all-time series at 0-0-1. 

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The Crimson is set to open Ivy League play next Friday, Oct. 4 at Yale. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in New Haven.