Co-captain Richard Smith is one of four seniors to be honored prior to Saturday's match against Columbia (Photo Courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
The Harvard men's soccer team celebrates senior day, as well as its final Ivy home contest of the season when it welcomes Columbia to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday evening.
Prior to kickoff, Harvard will recognize its four seniors for their tenure with the program. Co-captains Scott Prozeller and Richard Smith will be joined by Brian Rogers and Zack Wolfenzon in a pregame ceremony. The quartet of seniors helped the Crimson win the Ivy League championship during its first season in Cambridge.
Harvard (2-9-3, 0-4-1) and Columbia (3-7-4, 1-2-2) have squared off 62 times with the Crimson holding a 35-22-5 edge in the all-time series. The teams played their first game in 1905, a contest that Harvard won, 2-1, in Cambridge. The Crimson dominated the early years of the series, only dropping two of 28 contests between 1905 and 1976. In the last seven meetings, Harvard owns a 5-2-0 record, including a double-overtime win at Columbia in 2009. The Lions have picked up a pair of one-goal victories in the past two meetings, including a 2-1 win last season in New York.
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Harvard enters the game with the Lions still in search of its first Ivy League win. The Crimson is coming off a 3-1 road loss to Ivy title contender Dartmouth last Saturday. In the game against the Big Green, rookie Jake Freeman helped Harvard draw first blood, scoring his third goal of the season just 8:37 into the game. A pair of second-half goals by the hosts went unanswered, with Alex Adelabu striking twice to seal the 3-1 win for Dartmouth.
Freeman joins Wolfenzon and fellow rookie Oliver White with a team-leading three goals on the season, while Wolfenzon's seven points is a team-high total. Sophomores David Barna and Matt Sheeleigh have both collected a pair of assists on the year to lead the squad. Freshman goalies Joe Festa and Evan Mendez have both seen action this season for Harvard, with Mendez holding the better record at 2-5-1. Festa has a slightly better goals-against average at 1.50 in seven games played this year.
The Lions have scrapped their way to five points, good for a tie for fifth with Yale in the Ivy League standings. Columbia is 1-1-3 in its last five contests, with the win being a 1-0 victory on the road against Penn. In its last game, Columbia took an early lead when Henning Sauerbier converted a Kyle Culbertson pass in the 14th minute, but a second half goal by Yale forced the game to overtime and an eventual 1-1 draw.
Sauerbier and Nick Scott share the team lead in goals with two each on the season, while Kofi Agyapong is tied with Sauerbier and Scott for the team lead in points with five. Agyapong's three assists on the season is a team high for the Lions. Kyle Jackson has seen the majority of time in goal for Columbia this year and boasts a 1.03 goals-against average and 47 saves heading into the matchup with the Crimson.
Harvard will play its final non-conference game of the season Tuesday at home against Holy Cross. The game was rescheduled from Oct. 30, and was moved to Cambridge after the original contest was slated to be played in Worcester, Mass.