Men's Soccer Closes Out Regular Season at No. 19 Penn Saturday
Junior goalkeeper Austin Harms has three shutouts on the season (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's soccer team visits 19th-ranked Penn Saturday afternoon in the final contest of the regular season. The Crimson carries a 4-7-5 overall and 1-3-2 Ancient Eight mark into the game, while the Quakers are 12-4-0 and 5-1-0 in conference play. Harvard sits in sixth place in the Ivy League with five points, while Penn is in second place with 15 points, trailing only Princeton (18 points).
Follow From Home:
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.
Last Time Out:
Harvard dropped its final home game of the season, 1-0, to Columbia Nov. 6. Austin Harms made three saves in the loss for Harvard.
A History Lesson:
The Crimson holds a slim advantage in the all-time series against Penn, 35-31-5. Harvard has won two of the last three games against the Quakers, including a 1-0 victory last season in Cambridge. In that game, Richard Smith netted the game's only goal and Austin Harms recorded two saves to pick up the shutout, which clinched Harvard's 13th Ivy League title.
The Crimson, which carries a 2-3-4 road record into Saturday, is led offensively by the duo of Brian Rogers (4-1-9) and Scott Prozeller (3-1-7). Connor McCarthy (2-1-5) and Kyle Henderson (1-3-5) have also had the scoring touch this fall.
Austin Harms has seen most of the time in net and owns a 3-6-4 record with three clean sheets heading into Saturday's game. He also owns a 1.15 goals-against average and 47 saves. With his three shutouts this season, Harms ranks second in Harvard history with 16 career clean sheets. He needs three shutouts to tie Ryan Johnson '19 for the program record.
Harvard has netted 15 goals this season, while surrendering 19 scores by opponents. The Crimson has also earned 45 corner kicks on the year.
The Quakers have won six home games this year and are outscoring opponents, 25-10, overall, including 14-6 in the second half. Penn has had 70 corner kicks, while opponents have earned 68. Penn can still earn a share of the Ivy League title with a win over the Crimson and a loss by Princeton at Yale.
Stephen Baker leads Penn in scoring with eight goals and 18 points and is one of four Quakers to have amassed 10 or more points. Christian Barreiro (3-7-13), Travis Cantrell (4-3-11) and Thomas Brandt (5-0-10) have also been scoring threats.
Goalkeeper Ben Berg has played every minute in net and is 12-4-0 with eight shutouts, a 0.61 goals-against average and 61 saves, to go along with a .859 save percentage.
Around the Ivy League:
In other games on the final day of the season, Brown visits Dartmouth, Yale plays host to Princeton and Cornell heads south to face Columbia. Princeton needs one point to clinch sole possession of the Ivy League title and has already earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.