Harvard vs. No. 24 Dartmouth
With a win, Harvard would claim the tiebreaker over Dartmouth atop the Ivy League standings (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's soccer hosts No. 24 Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Jordan Field. The 4:30 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Ivy League Ramifications
The winner of Saturday's contest will control their own destiny towards winning the conference championship. Dartmouth enters the game at 4-0-0, sitting first in the league, while Harvard is one game back at 3-1-0. In the event of a tie at the end of the season, the head-to-head winner will earn the berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Last Time Out
Harvard men's soccer took down Boston College, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Jordan Field, giving the Crimson its sixth win in its last seven games.
Michael Innocenzi and Oliver White netted goals to lead Harvard (7-5-2) to the victory. The Crimson outshot Boston College (8-6-1) 11-7, including a 7-3 advantage in the second half. Evan Mendez tallied five saves in goal to pick up his seventh win of the season.
The Crimson sports a 7-5-2 record on the season, including a 3-1-0 mark in Ivy League play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with five goals and 13 points, while seniors Oliver White and Tim Schmoll have pitched in three points apiece. A quartet of Crimson – Freeman, sophomores Sam Brown and Christian Sady and senior Michael Klain have each dished a team-best three assists. Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.25 goals-against average with 52 saves and four shutouts.
In the RPI
As of October 26, Harvard sat 61st in the RPI rankings. The Crimson's victory over Boston College gave them a win over the No. 14-ranked team, and Harvard has 10 top-60 teams on its schedule. Against the current RPI top-25, the Crimson holds a 1-1-1 record.
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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 eight goals in Ancient Eight, while allowing four. 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.
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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.
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In Harvard's top-five plays countdown on Oct. 28, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu's goal checked in at No. 5:
The Big Green holds a 8-4-1 overall record with a 4-0-0 mark in Ivy League play. Eduvie Ikoba leads the team with nine points on three goals and three assists, while Matt Danilack has also found the back of the net three times. Stefan Cleveland has spent most of the time in goal, sporting a 0.65 goals-against average with 36 saves. His .857 save percentage ranks ninth nationally.
By the Numbers
- 5: Harvard won five straight contests from Oct. 3-Oct. 20, recording three shutouts in the stretch.
- 30: Jake Freeman's three game-winning goals ranks 30th 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 a 12-3-1 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 five shots in 2015, with three on target.
Harvard travels to Columbia for its final road contest of the 2015 season on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The game 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 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 25-17-6 (.646) 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.