Mendez tied a season-high with seven saves against the Huskies (Penny Ashford).
SEATTLE – Finishing its two-game road trip to the west coast, Harvard men's soccer tied No. 9 Washington. The draw was its second against ranked teams this season.
Evan Mendez recorded his first shutout of the year, and seventh of his career, while making seven saves against the Huskies. The Crimson (1-3-2) fired 11 shots in the game, including four on target, led by Michael Innocenzi, Sam Brown and Matt Sheeleigh with two apiece. The Harvard defense weathered a Washington (4-0-2) attack that tooke 19 shots over the 110-minute contest.
After tallying three attempts at goal in the first half, the Crimson registered seven in the second frame. Sheeleigh forced Washington goalkeeper Ryan Herman into his first save of the game in the 48th minute, and Christian Sady had a look blocked in the 62nd.
In the final ten minutes of the first half, Innocenzi and Farias had shots saved by Herman, while Mendez came up with a stop of his own. Mendez came up big in the two overtime periods, and made three saves over the final 10 minutes to keep Washington out and earn the tie.
Harvard continues its five-game stretch away from Cambridge with a Thursday, Sept. 24 meeting with Boston University. The 7 p.m. kickoff can be seen on the Patriot League Network.