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Smith Tabbed Ivy League Rookie of the Week After Netting Game-Winning Goal in 1-0 Win Over Penn

Pictured: Richard Smith tallied the first goal of his career Sunday, helping Harvard defeat Penn 1-0 and win the Ivy League title.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman defender Richard Smith of the ninth-ranked Harvard men’s soccer team, who scored the game-winning goal in Harvard’s 1-0 win over Penn Sunday, has been honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

In a 0-0 game in the 68th minute, Smith, a native of Durham, England, tallied the first goal of his collegiate career, tipping in a cross in the Crimson’s 1-0 victory. Smith’s goal helped clinch Harvard's 13th Ivy League title and the first for the program since 2006. Smith also started the game at defense, helping Harvard allow only two shots on goal against the Quakers,, as the Crimson recorded the team's eighth shutout of the year.

Smith and the Crimson concluded the regular season with a 13-3-1 overall record and a 5-1-1 mark in Ancient Eight games.