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No. 12 Harvard Remains Unbeaten With 4-1 Victory at Fairfield

Pictured: Freshman Brian Rogers tallied his third goal of the season Saturday evening.
Photo courtesy, DSPics.com.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Andre Akpan had two goals and an assist for five points, and Brian Rogers and Zack Wolfenzon each tallied a goal to guide the No. 12 Harvard men’s soccer team to a 4-1 victory at Fairfield Saturday evening. Austin Harms picked up his fifth victory of the season, making one save between the pipes, as the Crimson improves its record to 5-0.

Akpan, Brian Grimm and Baba Omosegbon fired shots on goal early on in the first half, but Fairfield goalkeeper Michael O’Keeffe turned aside Akpan and Grimm’s chances. Omosegbon’s shot was also blocked by O’Keeffe, but moments later, Akpan had another opportunity and this time he capitalized. Akpan’s unassisted goal, his fifth of the season, put Harvard on top, 1-0, at 32:57. Harvard recorded four of five shots in the first half, with Harms making one save in the period.

Rogers doubled Harvard’s lead to 2-0, as the rookie booted a shot past O’Keeffe. Akpan earned the assist on the goal, which came at 56:12. Exactly three minutes later, Robert Millock fed Akpan with a pass and the Crimson co-captain nailed the ball into the back of the net, making it a 3-0 contest at 59:12.  Akpan now has three two-goal games this season, including two in a row.

The Crimson mustered two more shots in the minutes later, one each by Scott Prozeller and Jamie Rees, but O’Keeffe made both stops to keep it a three-goal contest. Harvard’s offense kept possession down the stretch, outshooting the Stags, 8-3, in the period. With 8:21 remaining, Zack Wolfenzon scored off a pass from Tsiu Moorosi, as Harvard extended its advantage to 4-0. The Crimson’s four-goal lead was short-lived, however, as the Stags (1-4) got on the scoreboard on a tally by Jack Burridge at 83:57.

Each team earned five corner kicks apiece, while Harvard led, 12-4, in shots for the game.

Harvard will remain on the road to face New Hampshire Wednesday, Sept. 23. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.