Men’s Soccer Hosts Connecticut in Midweek Contest

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak

Harvard vs. Connecticut
Sept. 10, 2015
4 p.m.
Jordan Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, Nick Koop, Bill Spaulding
Harvard trails, 8-15-5
L, 0-6 (Sept. 14, 2012)
L1 

Freeman and White tallied the first goals of the year for the Crimson (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In search of its first victory of the year, Harvard men's soccer hosts Connecticut on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast live from Jordan Field on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Venue Change
Previously slated to kickoff at Ohiri Field, impending weather conditions have forced a shift to Jordan Field for today's contest. For directions to Jordan Field, click here. 

Ivy League Digital Network
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. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug 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.

Last Time Out
At home for the second time in 2015, Harvard tied No. 23 SMU, 2-2, at Jordan Field.

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.

Player of the Week
Senior forward Oliver White was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 7 after his strong opening-weekend performance. The attacker from Belmont, Massachusetts put home his first goal of the season at the start of the second half against No. 23 SMU. Classmate Michael Klain's long throw-in found the head of White, who buried it past the Mustangs' goalkeeper. The tally put Harvard on top 2-1 at the time.

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 Connecticut
The Huskies are 0-0-3 to start 2015, with all three contests ending in a scoreless draw, 0-0. Scott Levene has recorded all three shutouts in goal for the Huskies, recording five saves in the contests. UConn holds a 32-19 advantage in shots over their combined opponents; Saint Francis (NY), Quinnipiac and Dartmouth. 

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.

What's Next?
Harvard kicks off a five-game road swing with a trip to Long Island to face off with Stony Brook on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. The game can be seen live on AmericaEast.tv.

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 is unbeaten in 10 of its last 11 matches at home.

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 19-13-5 record over two-plus years. Each of Lehrer's first two teams finished in the Ivy League top-three, with nine players earning All-Ivy nods.