Harvard vs. New Hampshire
Harvard is 1-0-0 in Ivy League play after defeating Yale, 3-1 (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two days removed from picking up a victory in its Ivy League opener, Harvard hosts New Hampshire in a brief hiatus from conference play on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Opening its Ivy League schedule in the win column, Harvard men's soccer used a pair of second half goals to dart past Yale, 3-1.
The Crimson (2-4-2, 1-0-0 Ivy) outshot the Bulldogs (1-7-0, 0-1-0 Ivy) 12-10, with six shots coming in each half. Jake Freeman tallied the game-winning goal with a diving header in the 63rd minute, and Tim Schmoll slotted an 89th-minute penalty kick into the bottom left corner to secure the victory.
Related Link: Men's Soccer Opens Ivy Slate With Victory Over Yale, 3-1
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 2-4-2 record on the season, including a 1-0-0 record in Ivy League play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with three goals and six points, while Oliver White is close behind with two goals and four points. Senior Michael Klain has dished a team-best three assists. Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.42 goals-against average with 32 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.
Scouting New Hampshire
The Wildcats are unbeaten at 7-0-2 in 2015, including a 1-0-0 mark in America East action. Chris Wingate leads the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists, while Ben Ramin is second with seven points. Ryan Carpenter has started eight of nine games in goal for UNH, recording a 0.83 goals against average with three shutouts.
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Last Saturday's contest with Yale marked Harvard's fifth-straight away from Jordan Field, where the Crimson finished 2-2-1 on its road trip, including a tie with No. 9 Washington. Harvard returns home to Cambridge for six of its final nine contests.
Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding a 9-2-1 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.
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 travels to Cornell Saturday, Oct. 10 for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff. Harvard holds a 39-22-15 series advantage over the Big Red.
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 20-16-6 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.