Harvard looks to make it eight in a with a win over Holy Cross on Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy: Penny Ashford)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Enjoying one of its best seasons in recent history, the Harvard men's soccer team aims to keep things rolling as it hosts Holy Cross in a nonconference battle on Wednesday. The Crimson (7-3, 2-0 Ivy League) and Crusaders (5-4-2, 2-2 Patriot League) are set to take to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.
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Last Time Out
Harvard improved to 2-0 in Ivy League play for the first time in six years with its grueling 1-0 win over Cornell on Saturday. After a tough, back-and-forth scoreless first half, the Crimson eventually broke through, thanks to Hiroki Kobayashi's finisher in the 48th minute. The score was just the sixth goal given up all season by Cornell keeper Zach Zagorski.
Hiroki the Hero
Saturday's winner was the second of the year for Hiroki Kobayashi. The forward has put together a nice senior campaign out in front, scoring when called upon. Kobayashi opened up the floodgates with an impressive diving header to kick things off for the Crimson in its 4-1 win over Hartford – the first win of its current streak. After Daniel Smith and Jake Freeman brought Harvard back from 3-0 down at UMass, Kobayashi put things away in overtime with a lofting shot from just about 18 yards out.
Proving that Harvard's ability to find the back of the net is no fluke – 18 goals over its seven-game win streak – there is no one leading scorer on the field for the Crimson; there are four. Along with Kobayashi's scores, there are a few other key pieces to the attack. Kyle Henderson was strong in the season's early going, scoring all three of his goals in the first four games for Harvard. Fellow co-captain Kyle Ashby recorded his first career goal in the win over Hartford and hasn't looked back, including heading home the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Yale. Daniel Smith owns three markers himself this season, all in exciting fashion. Smith tallied the first Harvard goal in the 3-2 win over Boston College, and sent in the tying goals in both the 3-2 wins over UMass and Northeastern.
Harvard has an Ivy League-best 25 assists this season, and the freshman class has accounted for a grand total of 14 of them. Christian Sady has been impressive in the middle for Harvard, owning a team-high five helpers, while Sam Brown has been a key cog in the set piece execution, dishing out four assists. Nate Devine has chipped three assists, while Tyler Savitsky has helped on two scores this season.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders will make the short trip to Boston from Worchester with a 5-4-2 record, having gone 2-2 in Patriot League play so far this season. After drawing Hartford, 1-1, to open the year, HC dropped a pair of 2-0 games to Providence and Monmouth, before reeling off a 4-0-1 record during the middle of the season, including a 1-0 win at Northeastern. Most recently, Holy Cross is coming off a 3-2 double overtime win at Lafayette.
Ten Crusaders have found the back of the net this season, none more than Joey DeVivo, however, who owns four scores. Arno Rupp has accounted for nine points with his three markers and three assists, while Justin Carfora has a pair of goals and four helpers on the year for eight points.
In goal, Kevin Wright has been handling the duties for HC, and doing so with efficiency. Wight has allowed 15 goals (1.28 GAA) and has made 48 saves (.762) on the year for his 5-4-2 record.
After Holy Cross on Wednesday, Harvard turns its attention back to Ivy League play with its first conference road trip versus Brown on Saturday.