Men's Soccer Visits No. 25 St. John's Friday Evening

Men's Soccer Visits No. 25 St. John's Friday Evening

Jamie Rees and the Crimson were 2-1-2 against ranked teams in 2010 (Gil Talbot).

The Game
The Harvard men's soccer team makes a trip to Queens, N.Y., for the first road game of the season, as the Crimson visits No. 25 St. John's Friday evening at 8 p.m.

The Crimson, which defeated Northeastern, 1-0, in the season opener Sunday, owns a 1-0 record, while the Red Storm stands at 2-1 this fall.

The Matchup
Friday's game will mark the first time Harvard and St. John's have met on the soccer field.

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Live statistics will be available for Friday night's game. In addition, live video will be available with a subscription.

Harvard Against Ranked Opponents
Prior to the matchup against No. 25 St. John's, the Crimson has yet to play a ranked opponent this season. In 2010, Harvard went 2-1-2 against ranked foes, defeating No. 13 Stanford and No. 18 Penn.

About Harvard
The Crimson outshot Northeastern, 12-9, and was even in corner kicks, 3-3, in the season opener. Brian Rogers scored the game's only goal at 82:51. Co-captain Tim Linden sent in a corner kick from the right side, and Rogers booted the ball into the back of the net, giving the Crimson its first win of the year.

Harms made three saves en route to the shutout, while Jamie Rees paced Harvard with three shots in the contest. Harms now has 17 shutouts in his career, two shy of tying Chris Johnson '06 for the all-time school record.

About St. John's
The Red Storm, which is ranked No. 25 in both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls, boasts a 2-1 record after earning consecutive road  wins over No. 8 William & Mary, 3-0, and Boston University, 1-0.

Jack Bennett tallied the game-winning goal in both victories and paces St. John's with two goals and four points. Jimmy Mulligan has assisted on two goals, while Nick Matthews and Adrian L'Esperance have each found the back of the net on one occasion.

Rafael Diaz has started all three contests and is 2-1 with two clean sheets, a 1.04 goals-against average and a .625 save percentage. St. John's is outscoring teams, 4-3, outshooting the opposition, 41-28, and has earned more corner kicks, 12-8.

Home Turf
With the 1-0 victory over Northeastern, Harvard now owns a 2-1 all-time record at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Season Openers
Harvard has won four of its last five season openers, having defeated Rhode Island (2007), Stony Brook (2009), Stanford (2010), and now Northeastern (2011).

Up Next
The Crimson returns 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.