Harvard dipped to 0-3-1 in Ivy play after a 2-1 defeat to Princeton Saturday (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard men's soccer team had a response for a late Princeton goal, but a second strike from the hosts in double overtime was the deciding play as the Crimson dropped a narrow 2-1 contest to the Tigers Saturday on the road. Harvard moves to 2-8-3 on the season and 0-3-1 in Ivy action, while Princeton ups its record to 6-5-2 and 2-0-2 against Ancient Eight opponents.
The first overtime period saw the Crimson turn away a number of good looks by the home team. Princeton earned four corner kicks in the first extra session, but the Crimson defense held true, not allowing a shot on goal in the frame. The hosts were finally able to crack the Crimson defense in the second overtime session, as a throw in rattled around in the Harvard box and Alex Wettermann headed home the game-winner for Princeton just 1:42 into the frame.
After a quiet first half, the teams upped the offensive pressure, combining for 18 shots in the second 45 minutes. With less than 10 minutes to play in regulation, Princeton made two substitutions and the move paid off as the hosts netted the game's first goal late in the contest. Mark Linnville hit a long arcing shot that evaded Harvard goalie Evan Mendez for a 1-0 lead at 83:52.
The lead was short-lived as the guests mustered a quick response to the Tigers' strike. After Kyle Henderson drove a corner kick into the Princeton box that was turned away, Matt Sheeleigh ripped a shot on net and Zack Wolfenzon put home the rebound to knot the score at 1-1 just 2:02 after the Princeton tally. The late offensive burst proved to be the last of regulation, as the teams ended the opening 90 minutes tied 1-1.
Harvard ended the game down 11-20 in shots, and the Tigers also held a 13-5 edge in corner kicks. Mendez ended the game with seven saves, while his counterpart Seth MacMillan compiled five stops on the day.
The Crimson next travels to Hanover, N.H., to take on Ivy foe Dartmouth Oct. 27 in a 3 p.m. showdown.