Men's Soccer's Comeback Bid Falls Short at Princeton, 3-2

Men's Soccer's Comeback Bid Falls Short at Princeton, 3-2

Sady produced his first career goal on Saturday for the Crimson (Penny Ashford)

PRINCETON, N.J. –  Down 3-0 to Princeton on Saturday night, the Harvard men's soccer team fought its way back, but the comeback bid was not enough as the Tigers (7-3-3, 2-1-1 Ivy) upended the Crimson (8-4-1, 2-1-1 Ivy), 3-2. The loss marks the first for Harvard since Sept. 13, ending a nine-game unbeaten streak.

Christian Sady, a key component in setting up scores, broke the Crimson's silence in the 60th minute, while Tim Schmoll added a penalty kick in the 80th minute for Harvard. In net, Evan Mendez made one save, while allowing three goals in the tough Ancient Eight contest.

In a very physical game, the tactical play went back and forth for much of the opening stanza, before Princeton jumped out its lead thanks to a free kick in the 35th minute from Brendan McSherry. McSherry bent in a set piece just past Mendez. Almost 10 minutes later, Cameron Porter fired in his 10th goal of the season to put the Tigers up 2-0 just before the half.

Porter made it 3-0 in the 48th minute on a tic-tac-toe play after a failed Harvard clear. Shortly after, Sady broke through after a great team play by the Crimson. Oliver White found an opening after a Princeton turnover, finding Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu along the right flank. From there, Wheeler-Omiunu dished to Sady, who found the back of the net to make it 3-1.

In the 80th minute, Schmoll picked up his third goal in three games, this time on a penalty kick. A tough foul in the box gave the Crimson the opportunity to cut into the lead, but it ultimately wasn't enough as Princeton kept a tight leash to narrowly take the 3-2 victory.

Up next, Harvard turns its attention to its final out-of-conference battle with Stony Brook on Tuesday.