Men’s Soccer Knocks Off Cornell, 2-0

Men’s Soccer Knocks Off Cornell, 2-0

Brown and Sady tallied their first goals of the season (Penny Ashford).

ITHACA, N.Y. – In its second Ivy contest of the season, Harvard men's soccer toppled Cornell, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon. The contest was the Crimson's second shutout in a row.

Senior Evan Mendez faced 18 Cornell shots, making four saves to earn his third shutout of the season. Sam Brown and Christian Sady scored their first goals of 2015, beating the goalkeeper in the 19th and 58th minutes.

Cornell (1-9-1, 0-2-0 Ivy) outshot Harvard, 18-5 (4-4-2, 2-0-0 Ivy), but the margin of shots on goal was much closer, at 4-3. The Crimson put a tally on the board on its first attempt when Brown found the back of the net off a free kick from 30 yards. The ball bounced in front of the Cornell net and into the top right corner.

The Harvard attack picked up momentum in the second half, as Matt Sheeleigh forced the Big Red's Mitchell Meyer into a save in the 56th minute and Oliver White had an attempt blocked in the 57th.

Sady found the back of the net less than a minute later, extending Harvard's lead to 2-0 when he tapped in a cross played across the face of goal. Jake Freeman was credited with the assist on the play.

The Crimson defense weathered the final attempts from Cornell to get a goal back to remain undefeated in conference play.

Harvard returns home on Saturday, Oct. 17 for a 7 p.m. kickoff with Brown at Jordan Field. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.