Men's Soccer Opens 2011 by Hosting Northeastern Under the Lights Sunday

Men's Soccer Opens 2011 by Hosting Northeastern Under the Lights Sunday

Scott Prozeller and the Crimson are 3-1 in their last four season openers (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
Harvard opens the 2011 campaign by hosting Northeastern in a non-conference matchup this evening.

Prior to the game, Harvard will host the second annual Fall Fiesta for undergraduate students. For complete information on the Fall Fiesta, click here.

The Crimson, which enters its second season under Carl Junot, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, posted a 5-7-5 overall mark last fall.

The Matchup:
The Crimson and Huskies have met eight times and Harvard has won the last four meetings between the local rivals. The Crimson won the last contest, 4-0, on Sept. 8, 2006.

Season Openers:
Since 2007, Harvard is 3-1 in season openers, defeating  Rhode Island (2007), Stony Brook (2009) and Stanford (2010).

New Captains:
Senior defender Tim Linden and junior midfielder Scott Prozeller will serve as co-captains of the Crimson in 2011.

About Harvard:
The Crimson returns all of its leading scorers from the 2010 season, including Brian Rogers, who paced Harvard with five goals and 11 points. Scott Prozeller (3-1-7), Connor McCarthy (2-2-6) and Kyle Henderson (1-3-5) all return to the Crimson lineup.

In net, Austin Harms owned a 1.15 goals-against average, to go along with a .746 save percentage last fall, while fellow goalkeeper Brett Conrad posted a 2-1-1 record with a 0.90 goals-against mark. Harms enters his senior season second in school history with 16 shutouts and sixth with 139 career saves. Harms needs three more clean sheets to tie Ryan Johnson '06 (19) for the program record.

Opponents outscored the Crimson, 20-17, last year and owned an edge in corner kicks, 77-50. Harvard finished the 2010 season with a 2-3-1 record in home contests.

About Northeastern:
The Huskies own a 2-0 record after defeating Providence, 2-1, Aug. 26, and Marist, 2-0, Sept. 1. Northeastern is 1-0 on the road after topping the Friars in the season opener.

Dante Marini (1-2-4) tops the team in points, while Ricardo McDonald (1-1-3), Mike Kennedy (1-1-3) and Andre Ciliotta (1-0-2) have also scored goals this fall. Marini and Ciliotta have each netted game-winning tallies.

Goalkeepers Oliver Blum and Jacob Aduama have both started games. Blum made two saves and recorded a shutout in the victory over Marist, while Blum stopped six shots, while surrendering one goal against Providence.

The Huskies are outscoring their opponents, 4-1, but shots are even, 22-22. Northeastern is also even in corner kicks, 6-6.

Home Turf:
In two games at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium last season, the Crimson went 1-1, downing Stanford, 2-1, but falling to Providence, 2-1.

Up Next:
The Crimson heads on the road to visit St. John's Sept. 9, before returning to Cambridge for back-to-back home games against Rhode Island Sept. 11, and Massachusetts Sept. 16. Harvard will face URI at Ohiri Field, while the game against the Minutemen will be held at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.