Men’s Soccer Faces Final Road Test at Columbia

Men’s Soccer Faces Final Road Test at Columbia

Last Time

Harvard vs. Columbia
Nov. 7, 2015
7 p.m.
Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 37-23-5
W, 1-0 (Nov. 8, 2014)

Harvard is ranked 49th in the most recent RPI rankings (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's soccer hits the road for the final time in 2015, traveling to Columbia for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 7. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
No. 24 Dartmouth broke a scoreless tie in the 99th minute to steal a victory from the Harvard men's soccer team Saturday evening at Jordan Field.

The teams played evenly until Amadu Kunateh's golden goal came with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime period. Kunateh played a perfect header to the far post off Justin Donawa's corner kick, sneaking the ball past Evan Mendez in goal.

The loss dropped Harvard to 7-6-2 overall and 3-2-0 in the Ivy League, and gave Dartmouth (9-4-1, 5-0-0 Ivy League) a six-point cushion over the Crimson in the Ancient Eight standings.

Related Link: Men's Soccer Outdone in Overtime by No. 24 Dartmouth, 1-0

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson sports a 7-6-2 record on the season, and sits third in the conference with a 3-2-0 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 six points apiece. A trio of Crimson – sophomores Sam Brown and Christian Sady and senior Michael Innocenzi – is close behind with five points each. Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.22 goals-against average with 55 saves and four shutouts.

In the RPI
As of November 2, Harvard sat 49th in the RPI rankings. The Crimson has played seven teams in the top-50, boasting a 3-3-1 record in those contests. Additionally, Harvard played Washington to a scoreless tie when the Huskies were ranked eighth in the country.

Feature Video: Men's Soccer in the PDL

First Time Since 2008
After starting the 2015 Ivy slate 3-0-0, Harvard recorded its best start since 2008. The Crimson has scored a league-best eight goals in Ancient Eight, while allowing five. 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.

Chang is the third Crimson student-athlete to earn the award, as Oliver White was named the Ivy Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 7, and Evan Mendez earned the honor Sept. 21.

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.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on 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 Nov. 4, Evan Mendez's leaping save checked in at No. 4:

Scouting Columbia
The Lions have posted a 9-4-1 record on the season, and are tied for third with Harvard at 3-2 in the Ivy ranks. Arthur Bosua leads the attack with four goals and nine points, while Andrew Tinari and Frederick Elliot are close behind with eight and seven points, respectively. Kyle Jackson has spent every second in goal, posting a 0.84 goals-against average and six shutouts between the posts.

By the Numbers

  • 5: Harvard won five straight contests from Oct. 3-Oct. 20, recording three shutouts in the stretch.
  • 40: Jake Freeman's three game-winning goals ranks 40th in the country and third in the Ivy League.
  • 55: Evan Mendez ranks first in the Ivy League with 55 saves this season. The goalkeeper holds a 0.98 goals-against average in Ancient Eight contests.

Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding a 12-4-1 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.

Road Warriors
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.

Early Impact
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.

What's Next?
Harvard concludes its regular season schedule at home against Penn on Senior Day, Nov. 14, at Jordan Field. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast 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.

Fresh Faces
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 is in his third season as the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer in 2015, tallying a 25-18-6 (.571) 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.