Men’s Soccer Kicks Off 2015 Against Loyola Marymount, No. 23 SMU

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Time
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Streak

Harvard vs. Loyola Marymount
Sept. 4, 2015
4 p.m.
Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium
Ivy League Digital Network (Free)
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff, John Avino
Harvard trails, 1-2
L, 2-3 (Sept. 21, 2007)
L1 

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Harvard vs. No. 23 SMU
Sept. 6, 2015
12 p.m.
Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium
Ivy League Digital Network (Free)
Bill Spaulding, Ben Altsher, Alicia Winton
Harvard trails, 0-1
L, 2-3 (2ot) (Sept. 9, 2012)
L1 

Harvard posted an 11-4-2 record in 2014 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard opens its 2015 schedule at home this weekend when Loyola Marymount and 23rd-ranked Southern Methodist make the trip to Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium. LMU will square off with the Crimson on Friday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m., and SMU visits Cambridge on Sunday, Sept. 6 at noon. Both contests can be seen live and for free on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Ivy League Digital Network- Free Weekend!
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions, and events streamed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-6, can be seen for free without registration.

Broadcast in full HD and featuring multiple camera angles, replay, and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

A Year Ago
Harvard ended the 2014 season unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 outings, ending the season second in the Ivy League standings. Mark Ashby was named the Ancient Eight Defensive Player of the Year, Sam Brown earned Rookie of the Year honors, and four Crimson student-athletes earned first team All-Ivy selections.

Home Field Advantage
The Crimson proved to be a difficult matchup at Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium in 2014, finishing unbeaten at 9-0 in Cambridge. Harvard's nine-game win streak at home is the fourth-longest active stretch in the country.

Fresh Faces
Seven newcomers will hit the field for the Crimson this year, five of which are freshmen. Joining the roster are Eduardo Cedeno, Cesar Farias, Bryce Ferguson, Matt Hatter, Jack Miler, Nathan Goldberg and Ibukun Omotowa.

Preseason Best XI
In TopDrawerSoccer's Preseason Best XI list, defender Mark Ashby was named to the third team. The reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year was the only Ancient Eight student-athlete recognized on the list.

Scouting Loyola Marymount
The Lions opened the 2015 season with a pair of home shutouts against San Jose State and UNLV. Grant Sampson scored twice in a 2-0 defeat of the Rebels, and Adrien Perez slotted the game winner into the back of the net in a 1-0 win over the Spartans. Paul Blanchette has been perfect in goal, stopping all eight shots that came his way.

Scouting No. 23 SMU
The Mustangs were victorious in both of their opening contests, besting Sacramento State, 2-0, and Illinois-Chicago, 2-1. Stanton Garcia has scored twice to lead the squad, while Caleb Smith and Bryce Clark have recorded tallies of their own. Michael Nelson has allowed just one goal in two games.

What's Next?
Harvard hosts Connecticut in a midweek battle on Thursday, Sept. 10 at Ohiri Field. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network. 

Returning Firepower
Nine Harvard student-athletes return that tallied at least five points in 2014, led by senior Tim Schmoll's team-leading 12 points. Sophomore Christian Sady pitched in nine points- including a team-high five assists- and juniors Daniel Smith and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu contributed seven apiece.

Lending a Hand
Last season a trio of freshmen led the squad in assists, dishing five apiece. Sam Brown, Nate Devine and Christian Sady ended 2014 tied for fifth in the Ivy League in assists, with Devine topping the conference in assists per game (0.38).

On the Sidelines
Pieter Lehrer enters his third season as the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer in 2015, tallying a 19-12-4 record over two years. Both of Lehrer's teams have finished in the Ivy League top-three, with nine players earning All-Ivy nods.