Harvard at Cornell
Freeman has scored the game-winning goal in two straight contests (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Carrying a two-game winning streak into the weekend, Harvard men's soccer travels to Ithaca, New York for a Saturday matchup with Cornell. The 4:30 kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
In its first home contest in nearly a month, Harvard men's soccer took down New Hampshire, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Jordan Field.
Jake Freeman provided the game-winning goal for Harvard, his team-leading fourth of the season. The Crimson tallied nine shots in the bout, five of which were on target. Evan Mendez recorded his second shutout of the season, making four saves in front of net.
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The Crimson sports a 3-4-2 record on the season, including a 1-0-0 record in Ivy League play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with four goals and eight points, while Oliver White is close behind with two goals and four points. Senior Michael Klain and sophomore Sam Brown have dished a team-best three assists. Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.27 goals-against average with 36 saves.
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.
Mendez is the second Crimson student-athlete to earn the award, as Oliver White was named the Ivy Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 7.
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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.
In Harvard's top-five plays countdown on Oct. 7, Jake Freeman's diving header goal earned the honor of top play of the week
The Big Red is 1-8-1 on the season, and is 0-1-0 in Ivy play after dropping its league opener to Penn, 2-0. Madison Heck leads the team with two goals and four points, while Jonathan Cullom has also found the back of the net. Rhys Moller has spent the majority of time in goal, tallying a 1.39 goals-against average with 44 saves.
The Oct. 6 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. Following the Cornell game, Harvard will play at home in five of its final seven contests.
Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding a 10-2-1 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 hosts Brown in its first home Ivy League matchup on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The match can be viewed 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 21-16-6 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.