Harvard vs. Penn
Harvard is ranked 35th in the most recent RPI rankings (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's soccer hosts Penn in its regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 14 for Senior Day at Jordan Field. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Sitting second in the Ivy standings, Harvard utilized a pair of second-half goals to push past Columbia, 2-0.
Michael Innocenzi notched his first-career two-goal game with a pair of headers into the back of the net. Sam Brown set up the first play and Tim Schmoll earned the assist on the second goal. Evan Mendez tallied three saves in goal to earn his fifth shutout of the season and 11th of his career.
The Crimson sports an 8-6-2 record on the season, and sits second in the conference with a 4-2-0 mark in Ivy League play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with five goals and 13 points, while seniors Michael Innocenzi and Tim Schmoll have pitched in nine and seven points, respectively. Sophomore Sam Brown and senior Michael Klain have dished a team-best four assists, and a trio of attackers have three. Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.15 goals-against average with 58 saves and five shutouts.
In the RPI
As of November 9, Harvard sat 35th in the RPI rankings. The Crimson has played seven teams in the top-50, boasting a 2-4-1 record in those contests. Additionally, Harvard played Washington to a scoreless tie when the Huskies were ranked eighth in the country. Harvard has not fallen to a team lower than 81 in the current RPI rankings.
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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 10 goals in Ancient Eight action, 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 was 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 Nov. 4, Evan Mendez's leaping save checked in at No. 4:
The Quakers are 3-10-2 on the season with a 1-4-1 mark in Ivy League play, and the team enters the contest with an RPI of 178. Joe Swenson and Sam Wancowicz lead the team with five points on two goals and one assist apiece, while Alec Neumann and Jerel Blades have also found the back of the net twice. Nick Savino and Max Polkinhorne have each started six games in goal, combining for a 3-7-1 record.
By the Numbers
- 5: Harvard won five straight contests from Oct. 3-Oct. 20, recording three shutouts in the stretch.
- 49: Jake Freeman's three game-winning goals ranks 49th in the country and third in the Ivy League.
- 58: Evan Mendez ranks first in the Ivy League with 58 saves this season. The goalkeeper holds a 0.82 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.
Harvard is 5-2-1 away from home in 2015, and has won four-straight games away from Jordan Field. The Crimson is perfect on the road in Ivy Play, and posted a scoreless tie at No. 9 Washington on Sept. 20.
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's regular season ends on Saturday, and the team will await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday, Nov. 16 to see if the season will continue.
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 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 26-18-6 (.580) 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.