Harvard at Yale
Harvard finished 4-1-2 in Ivy League action in 2014 (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Finishing a five-game trip away from Jordan Field, Harvard hits the road for New Haven for a 7 p.m. matchup on Oct. 3 with Yale. The Crimson's Ivy opener can be viewed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Traveling a just a few miles down the road, Harvard men's soccer fell to Boston University, 3-0, Thursday night at Nickerson Field.
The Crimson (1-4-2) outshot the Terriers (4-2-0), 15-14, though both teams fired five shots on target. Evan Mendez played all 90 minutes in front of the goal and recorded a pair of saves.
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Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Evan Mendez was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 21 after his excellent play between the posts against Seattle and No. 9 Washington. Mendez tallied his first shutout of the year against the ninth-ranked Huskies, tying a season-high with seven saves. The senior from Ballston Spa, New York recorded a 0.90 goals-against average over the weekend with 11 total saves. The shutout was the seventh of Mendez's career.
Related Link: Mendez Named Ivy League Player of the Week
The Crimson sports a 1-4-2 record on the season, including a 1-2-1 mark away from Jordan Field. Seniors Oliver White and Jake Freeman lead the squad with two goals apiece while classmate Michael Klain and sophomore Sam Brown have each recorded a pair of helpers. Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.48 goals-against average with 30 saves.
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.
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.
The Bulldogs are 1-6 on the season, picking up its only victory over Quinnipiac, 3-2, on Sept. 19. Freshman Kyle Kenagy leads Yale with two goals and four points, while Dylan Onderdonk-Snow is close behind with three points (1G, 2A). Kees Schipper and Ryan Simpson have split time at goal, combining for a 2.24 goals-against average with 30 saves.
Saturday's contest with Yale marks Harvard's fifth-straight away from Jordan Field, where the Crimson is 1-2-1 on its stretch on the road, including a tie with No. 9 Washington. Harvard returns home to Cambridge for six of its final nine contests.
Strength of Schedule
Harvard has played the 24th-toughest schedule in the country, based on opponents' win percentage. Harvard sports a 0-0-2 record against ranked teams in 2015.
The only freshman to see the field in 2015, Cesar Farias tallied his first career point against Stony Brook when he assisted Jake Freeman's game-winning goal. Farias has tallied three shots in 2015, with two on target.
Harvard hosts New Hampshire on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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.
Six newcomers joined the Crimson for the 2015 season, five of which are freshmen. Added to the roster are Eduardo Cedeno, Cesar Farias, Bryce Ferguson, Matt Hatter, Jack Miler and Nathan Goldberg.
A Year Ago
Harvard finished 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.
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 19-16-6 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.