Evan Mendez recorded seven saves for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its 2015 season at Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium, Harvard men's soccer fell to Loyola Marymount, 1-0.
Harvard outshot the Lions, 12-11, firing four shots on frame. Evan Mendez came up with seven saves in goal for the Crimson, but Alvaro Madrigal's strike in the 73rd minute propelled Loyola Marymount past Harvard, 1-0.
Philip Fleischmann had the best look of the first look half after he redirected a cross on frame, but LMU goalkeeper Paul Blanchette swallowed up the attempt. The sides left for the half even at 0-0.
Harvard outshot the Lions 9-6 in the second period, with five of those attempts coming in the first 16 minutes of the half. Christian Sady and Tim Schmoll each took two shots in the opening third of the period, but the Crimson was unable to break through.
The Lions put their tally on the scoreboard when Madrigal took a ball from Jose Ochoa and Grant Sampson and buried a 25-yard shot into the upper right corner.
The Crimson had a trio of corner kicks late in the game in search of the equalizer, but the Lion defense kept the home team out.
Harvard continues its opening weekend against No. 23 SMU on Sunday, Sept. 6 at noon. The game will be broadcast for free on the Ivy League Digital Network.