Scott Prozeller (right) scored his first goal of the season on the penalty kick in overtime (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard co-captain Scott Prozeller tallied the game-winning goal in overtime on a penalty kick, helping the Crimson men's soccer team earn a 1-0 victory against Massachusetts Friday evening at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Austin Harms made two saves to earn the shutout, the 18th clean sheet of his career, putting him within one shutout of the Harvard all-time record, held by Ryan Johnson '06.
Harms made a save off a header by UMass's Andrew Henshaw in overtime at 91:59, allowing Harvard to clear. Ben Tsuda followed with a shot on net for the Crimson, before the Minutemen were called for a foul in the box, setting up a penalty kick chance for Harvard. Prozeller stepped up and booted the ball into the top left portion of the net, giving Harvard a sudden victory. With the win, Harvard improved to 2-2 overall, while UMass falls to 1-5.
In a scoreless first half, Harvard outshot UMass, 6-0, including 3-0 on target, as Ben Tsuda, Brian Rogers and Zack Wolfenzon mustered shots chances on net. The Crimson also earned all three corner kicks of the frame. At 22:36, Harvard had a chance to score on a penalty kick, but Rogers's shot went wide to the right of the goal.
The Crimson outshot the Minutemen, 7-4 in the second half and had three of the four corner kicks in the frame. Jamie Rees and Rogers managed shots on target, but goalkeeper Shan Curran-Hays, who made six saves on the night, blocked both attempts.
Harvard owned a 15-5 edge in shots for the contest and led in corner kicks, 6-2.
The Crimson visits Vermont Sunday, Sept. 18 for a 1 p.m. non-conference matchup.