Harvard vs. Princeton
Harvard is 3-0-0 in Ivy League action for the first time since 2008 (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Entering the weekend on a five-game winning streak, Harvard men's soccer hosts Ivy foe Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
On the road for its final non-conference game away from Jordan Field, Harvard men's soccer picked up a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Junior Daniel Smith and seniors Tim Schmoll and Michael Innocenzi found the back of the net for Harvard, which tied a season-high with three goals. Harvard (6-4-2) and Pittsburgh (5-7-3) were even in shots on the day, 6-6, but all of the Crimson's attempts made their way on frame.
Related Link: Men's Soccer Downs Pittsburgh, 3-2
The Crimson sports a 6-4-2 record on the season, including a 3-0-0 mark in Ivy League play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with four goals and 10 points, while sophomore Sam Brown and senior Tim Schmoll have pitched in five points. Seniors Michael Klain and Brown have dished a team-best three assists and Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.13 goals-against average with 44 saves and four shutouts.
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First Time Since 2008
After starting the 2015 Ivy slate 3-0-0, Harvard has recorded its best start since 2008. The Crimson has scored a league-best six goals in Ancient Eight contests and allowed only one goal. The 2008 Crimson squad ended conference play at 5-2, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Player of the Week
Senior defender Andrew Chang was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout of Brown Oct. 17. His first goal of the year, Chang took a cross from Michael Innocenzi, and fired a volley into the bottom left corner. The honor is the first of Chang's career.
Related Link: Chang named Ivy League Player of the Week
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.
Follow @harvardmsoccer on Twitter for in-game updates.
In Harvard's top-five plays countdown on Oct. 21, Andrew Chang's game-winning goal earned the No. 2 slot:
The Tigers sport a 6-4-2 record in 2015, but are winless in league play at 0-2-1. Thomas Sanner leads the Ivy League with nine goals, and the senior has tallied 22 points. Brendan McSherry has also tallied double-digit points (12), with four goals and four assists. In goal, Ben Hummel has started 10 games and holds a 1.57 goals-against average with 42 saves. The Tigers have allowed at least one goal in every contest this year.
By the Numbers
- 3: Harvard holds the third-longest conference win streak in the country. The Crimson's five-game streak trails only Creighton and Akron's six-game stretches.
- 28: Jake Freeman's three game-winning goals ranks 28th in the country and second in the Ivy League.
- 100: 100 percent of Harvard's shots were on target at Pittsburgh, which helped the squad tie its best scoring output of the year with three goals.
Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding an 11-2-1 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.
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 0-0 tie with No. 9 Washington. Harvard is 4-2-1 away from home in 2015, and will travel only once more this 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 Boston College on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast 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 Ivy 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 24-16-6 (.652) 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.