Men's Soccer Continues Fight For First Place Against Dartmouth Saturday
Harvard sits just one point out of first place in the Ivy League (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's soccer team looks to extend its Ivy League win streak to four games, as it welcomes league foe Dartmouth to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson sits alone in second place in the league standings, just one point behind front-running Penn, the only remaining unbeaten team in the Ancient Eight (3-0-1).
Ivy League Digital Network
Five of Harvard's home matches – including Saturday's contest against Dartmouth – will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch contests both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.
The State Of The Ivy League
Harvard finds itself in prime position for the stretch run of Ivy play, as it controls its own destiny heading into its final three league games. With nine points, the Crimson has a two-point cushion over Princeton and Yale, and leads Brown and Columbia by four points. Harvard and Dartmouth are also the only two squads without a tie this season in league play.
A varied offensive attack and strong defense/goalkeeping has propelled Harvard on its current run of success. In its last four games, and in three of four Ivy contests, Harvard has netted two goals after struggling to find multiple scores in the early going. Last weekend, the Crimson erased a one-goal halftime deficit in a 2-1 comeback win over Princeton in Cambridge.
Eleven different players have tallied goals for the Crimson, including Daniel Smith who put home the game-winner against the Tigers for his first collegiate point. Ashi Geberkidane leads all players with three scores on the year, and is tied for second on the team with six points. Philip Fleischman and Kevin Harrington have a pair of tallies each this season, while senior defenseman Ross Friedman leads the team, the Ivy League, and stands 16th in the nation with seven assists on the year.
Sophomore goalie Evan Mendez has found his groove in his second season of action, boasting an unbeaten 4-0-1 record, 0.78 goals-against average and .867 save percentage.
The Big Green started the season red-hot and has cooled considerably during its Ivy schedule. Dartmouth entered league play with the best overall record in the Ancient Eight, but is currently the only squad without a point in the conference standings.
Alex Adelabu is pacing the Dartmouth offense through 13 games, leading the team with 10 points and four goals. Colin Heffron is second in points with seven, and shares the team assists lead with Stefan Defregger at three. It has been a fairly even split in net for Dartmouth with James Hickok starting seven games and Stefan Cleveland starting six. Hickok owns the edge in goals-against average (0.77) and save percentage (.838).
In its final non-conference contest, Harvard will make the short trip to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross Wednesday in a 7 p.m., showdown.