Freshman Connor McCarthy netted his second goal of the season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's
soccer team held a 1-0 lead in the second half, but could not hold
on, as No. 20 Boston College came back to earn a 2-1 victory
Tuesday afternoon at Ohiri Field. Connor McCarthy notched
Harvard's goal, while Brett Conrad stopped
seven shots in net to set a career-high in saves.
Conrad made four of his saves in the first half, including a stop off a free kick from 20 yards out by Kyle Bekker in the final moments of the stanza. In the 52nd minute, Harvard (4-4-5) grabbed a 1-0 lead, as Shomesh Chaudhuri dribbled the ball down the right side and slid a pass in front of BC goalkeeper Justin Luthy. McCarthy snuck between the defense and placed a shot inside the left post at 51:59.
Harvard held its lead for nearly 10 minutes until Kyle Bekker knotted the contest at 61:52. Amit Aburmad made a long outlet pass midfield deep into the Crimson zone. Patrick Chin grabbed the ball and crossed it into the box, finding Bekker. Bekker batted the ball into the right side of the cage and past Conrad.
Less than five minutes later, BC (7-2-4) was awarded a free kick from 20 yards out and Aburmad capitalized on the chance, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Luthy recorded five saves for BC, who earned all four corner kicks of the game and led the shot count, 16-13.
The Crimson will play its next contest on national television, as Harvard will visit Princeton for an Ivy League showdown Sunday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPNU.