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Men's Soccer Hosts Boston University in Midweek Matchup

Michael Klain picked up an assist off a throw in against Massachusetts Sunday (Gil Talbot).

Highlights: Harvard Tops UMass, 2-1

Ready For a Fight?

The Storyline

The Boston University men's soccer team comes to Harvard with some catching up to do in the all-time series as Harvard leads it 24-13-7. Their last meeting ended in a 2-1 overtime victory for the Crimson at BU last season.

Last Time Out
The Crimson struck twice in the second half off set pieces en route to its first victory of the season; a 2-1 win over in-state foe Massachusetts. A quick first half saw limited action in either offensive end, but the Crimson didn't wait long to grab the lead in the second, as Philip Fleischman headed home a Michael Klain throw in just four minutes into the second stanza. UMass equalized midway through the frame, but the hosts had the last laugh as Ross Friedman curled a corner kick to the back of the box where senior Kevin Harrington headed it home for the game-winner. Sophomore Evan Mendez got the start in net and made two saves in the Crimson victory.

About The Crimson
Harvard looks to continue its winning ways as the Crimson is coming off its first victory of the season heading into the showdown against the Terriers. The win pushed Harvard's record 1-4-1 on the season and 1-1-1 in its last three contests.

Harvard's six goals on the season have come from six different goal scorers. Junior Philip Fleischman and senior Kevin Harrington are the most recent players to net goals this season as each player scored in the win over Massachusetts. The team points lead belongs to senior Ross Friedman, however, as he leads all players with three assists on the season. In fact, Friedman has assisted on three of Harvard's last four goals. Rookies Ashi Geberkidane and Alex Leondis have netted goals this season, as have sophomore Andrew Chang and junior Hiroki Kobayashi.

Sophomore goalie Evan Mendez got his first start of the season Sunday against UMass and needed just two stops to record the victory. Senior Brett Conrad has seen the lion's share of minutes this season and has a shutout and 24 saves to his credit.   

Scouting the Terriers
Boston University is off to a respectable .500 start and finds itself in the middle of the Patriot League standings. Despite a loss in their last game, the Terriers have won three of their last four which were all at home.

Freshman Felix De Bona and senior Anthony Ciccone lead the Terriers in scoring so far this season. De Bona is leading the team with two goals while Ciccone leads the team in assists (4) and is tied with De Bona for the team lead in points (4). More highlights come from in net for BU as both Nick Thomson and Matt Gilbert have put up strong numbers so far. Gilbert has gotten most of the minutes and has only let in five goals with 24 saves in five starts giving him a .828 save percentage.

Series History
Boston University represents one of Harvard oldest non-conference opponents, as the two teams first faced off in 1951. Harvard captured the inaugural matchup by a score of 6-0, and went on to have great success in the early years of the rivalry. The teams have been dead-even of late, as each squad has claimed a 3-3 record in the last six meetings. Last season, Harvard escaped Nickerson Field with a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory.

Manning Massachusetts
The Crimson will take on four teams from Massachusetts this season. After facing BU Wednesday, Harvard travels to Boston College Oct. 22 and heads to Worcester for a showdown with Holy Cross Nov. 6.

Up Next
Harvard wraps up its three-game homestand Sunday when it hosts St. Francis in a 3 p.m. game. Sunday's contest will take place at Ohiri Field.