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Men’s Soccer Wraps Up Homestand With St. Francis Sunday

Harvard looks to close out its homestand with a win Sunday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard men's soccer team looks to end its three-game homestand on a high note as it hosts St. Francis in a Sunday showdown at Ohiri Field. Harvard is undefeated over the course of the homestand, posting a 1-0-1 mark. This is also the first time Harvard and St. Francis have faced one another in soccer.

Last Time Out
Harvard had its share of good looks but could not find the back of the net as it played to a 0-0 draw with nearby rival Boston University Wednesday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Evan Mendez and Brett Conrad combined for the shutout in goal, collecting four saves each in the process.

About The Crimson
The Crimson is playing just its second home game at Ohiri Field Sunday, looking to improve on its last result when Davidson overcame a 1-0 deficit for a 2-1 win Sept. 8.

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 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 a half and 28 saves to his credit.  

Scouting St. Francis
After dropping two of its first three matches of the season, St. Francis has rattled off three straight wins and a tie to enter the Harvard game on a four-match unbeaten streak. Like the Crimson, St. Francis is coming off a 0-0 draw in its last game, tying St. Joseph's in a midweek matchup.

Kevin Correa has been the catalyst for the St. Francis offense this season, leading the team with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Gabriel Bagot is close behind with 10 points on four goals and two helpers, and Viktor Bakkioui has also scored multiple goals with two on the season. In all, St. Francis has outscored opponents 13-8 on the season.

Jack Binks has started six of seven games for St. Francis this season logging 23 saves and a 1.05 goals-against average. Seth Erdman also has a win to his credit in 135 minutes played.

Up Next
The Crimson kicks off its Ivy schedule next weekend when it travels to Connecticut to take on archrival Yale in a 7 p.m. showdown.