Brian Rogers netted the game-winning goal at 82:51 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brian Rogers broke a scoreless tie with a game-winning goal with less than seven minutes to play to help the Harvard men's soccer team defeat Northeastern, 1-0, in the season opener before more than 2,500 fans at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Sunday evening.
Austin Harms made three saves to earn the shutout and is now two clean sheets away from tying Chris Johnson '06 for the most shutouts in school history. With the win, Harvard begins the fall 1-0, while the Huskies fall to 2-1.
Northeastern earned the best scoring chance of the first half when Ricardo McDonald collected a pass five yards in front of the cage and unloaded a shot on target. Harms leapt to his right and deflected the ball over the net and out of play. After one period of play, the Huskies owned a 6-4 edge in shots, while each team received one corner kick.
With 7:09 remaining in the game, the Crimson earned a corner kick after putting pressure deep into the Northeastern zone. Tim Linden took the kick and send a line drive directly in front of the cage. The ball bounced once before Rogers batted it home, putting Harvard on top with the game winner.
Harvard outshot the Huskies, 8-3, in the second half, and 12-9, for the game. Both squads finished with three corner kicks, while Northeastern goalkeeper Oliver Blum recorded three saves.
The Crimson will visit St. John's Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.