Men’s Soccer Plays to 2-2 Tie with No. 23 SMU

White, Freeman tallied their first goals of the year (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At home for the second time in 2015, Harvard men's soccer tied No. 23 SMU, 2-2, at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Harvard controlled the pace of play for most of the game, and ended the contest with a 23-14 advantage in shots and 9-2 lead in corner kicks. Jake Freeman and Oliver White tallied their first goals of the season and Evan Mendez made five saves in front of the net.

The Mustangs struck first in the fifth minute after Mauro Cichero fired home a rebound after Caleb Smith's shot was blocked. The Crimson nearly equalized in the 39th minute when Tim Schmoll's header broke the plane of the goal, but the play was nullified due to a foul.

Freeman leveled the score at 1-1 in the 43rd minute with his sixth-career goal. Sam Brown's shot following an indirect kick deflected off of an SMU defender straight to the feet of Freeman, who was able to tuck it away.

Coming out strong after the half, Michael Klain's long throw-in found White for a header goal in the 47th minute. The seventh goal of his career, White's header froze the SMU goalkeeper to give Harvard a 2-1 lead.

SMU was able to draw level in the 54th minute on a penalty kick from John Lujano. The strike wound up pushing the game to overtime.

Harvard outshot the Mustangs 6-1 in the two overtime periods, but was unable to slot one across the line in the final 20 minutes, ending the game in a tie, 2-2.

The Crimson returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at Ohiri Field. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.