Men's Soccer Plays at Hartford, Home Against Massachusetts This Weekend
Its Time For Soccer
The Harvard men's soccer team is set to play two games in three days, traveling to Connecticut to take on Hartford Friday at 7 p.m., and welcoming Massachusetts to Ohiri Field Sunday for a noon tilt.
Follow From Home
Fans can follow the action this weekend in a number of ways. Video for the Harvard/Hartford matchup is available here, and live stats for the match are available here. Fans unable to attend Sunday's contest against UMass can follow live stats here.
Friday will mark the 10th meeting all time between Harvard and Hartford, and the series has been evenly contested with the Crimson owning a slight 5-3-1 edge. The first game between the two teams took place in 1987, when Harvard routed Hartford, 5-1, in Cambridge. The most recent meeting between the two teams came in 2004 when the Crimson took down the Hawks in a 4-2 final.
The Harvard-Massachusetts series dates back to 1975 and the Crimson has the higher win total between the two teams with 16 victories to its credit. The inaugural match in 1975 resulted in a 1-1 draw, as did the most recent showdown last season in Amherst, Mass.
About The Crimson
Harvard earned its first result of the season in its last outing, dueling Lafayette to a 0-0 draw Sunday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. With a record of 0-3-1, the Crimson is still in search of its first victory of the 2013 campaign.
Junior Hiroki Kobayashi scored his first goal of the season and the Crimson's lone goal in last Thursday's matchup against Providence, converting an assist from freshman Stephen Yen. Rookie Ashi Geberkidane has Harvard's other goal on the season, putting home a William Giahos cross against Davidson. Senior goalie Brett Conrad made four saves in the game against Leopards, posting his first clean sheet of the season in the process. He now has 20 saves on the season.
Hartford puts its perfect season on the line Friday when it takes on the Crimson in a non-conference showdown. Defense and goalkeeping has been the calling card of the Hawks through six games this year, as they have conceded just one goal. The Hawks have four, 1-0 wins, including in their most recent game at Marist.
The five goals on the season have come from five different goal scorers, highlighted by David Bernhardsson and Javoni Simms, who lead the team with three points (1g, 1a) each. Omar Tall is the team's assists leader with a pair on the season, while Aleko Petridis, Jeff Tryon and Damion Lowe all have scores this year. David MacKinnon has played the lion's share of minutes in goal this season, posting a 3-0-1 record with 16 saves and not allowing a goal in 459 minutes played this year.
The Minutemen, like the Crimson, are looking for their first win of the season, bringing an 0-6-1 record into Sunday's matchup. UMass tied Evansville, 0-0, in its season opener, but has dropped its last six contests heading into the Harvard game.
Josh Schwartz and Mark Morris are responsible for the two UMass goals on the year, while Peter Alvarenga leads the team with one assist on the season. Nick Ruiz has been hard at work in goal this year, totaling 42 saves in seven games and posting a 1.42 goals-against average.
The Crimson continues its three-game homestand when it welcomes local foe Boston University to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Wednesday for a 7 p.m. showdown.