Men's Soccer Scores First, Ties Boston College, 1-1, in Double Overtime
Kobayashi notched a goal to help Harvard jump out to an early 1-0 lead against Boston College Tuesday night.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team played 110 minutes for the second consecutive match, tying Boston College, 1-1.
Freshman Joe Festa made a match-high four saves for Harvard (1-5-3), while Boston College (5-3-2) owned a slight edge in shots, 12-9.
The Crimson struck early, when senior Zack Wolfenzon fed junior Ross Friedman with a deft pass down the right sideline. Friedman reached the ball just before it touched the endline and chipped a pass into the middle of the box for sophomore Hiroki Kobayashi, who scored his second goal of the season from a close-range header to give Harvard a 1-0 lead in the second minute.
The Harvard defense clamped down, allowing just one shot in the first 20 minutes of play, but the Eagles broke through in the 40th minute. Senior Kevin Mejia took a pass from classmate Charlie Rugg and put the ball in the back of the net to knot the score at 1-1. Boston College shot the ball twice before the break, but neither shot was on goal.
Mejia attempted to put the Eagles up in the 53rd minute with a long-shot from 30 yards out, but Festa scooped the ball up in wet conditions to keep the score tied. The Crimson had a chance with three minutes to go in regulation, but an off-balance shot by freshman Andrew Chang went high to send the match into overtime.
Neither team shot the ball on net in the either overtime session, with Boston College's only shot going wide in the 110th minute.
The tie breaks Harvard's two-match losing streak against the Eagles and marked the third double overtime contest of the season for the Crimson.
Harvard wraps up its three-game home stand when it welcomes a powerful No. 18 Cornell squad to Cambridge Saturday. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.