Men’s Soccer Tripped Up By Xavier, 3-0

Parks tallied six saves between the posts (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its 2017 campaign, Harvard men's soccer fell to Xavier, 3-0, on Friday afternoon at Ohiri Field.

Senior Kyle Parks made six saves between the posts for the Crimson (0-1), while freshman Paolo Belloni-Urso led the Crimson offense with four shots, including two on goal. Senior defender Eric Gylling added three shots of his own, including one on frame.

Harvard was outshot by Xavier, 14-7, on the afternoon, and the Musketeers struck first in the 11th minute after a goal from Simen Hestnes. Hestnes doubled the output with a second goal in the 21st minute. The Harvard offense put up four shots in the second half, but Xavier struck a final time in the 71st minute off the foot of Samson Sergi.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Kyle Parks tied a career high with six saves, reaching the total for the third time in his career. He last made six stops Oct. 8, 2016 against Cornell.
  • Belloni-Urso led Harvard with four shots from the midfield.
  • 15 Crimson players saw action, with four freshmen making their debut: Belloni-Urso, Sebastian Lindner-Liaw, Rory Conway and Fernando Docters.

Game Notes:

  • The matchup was the first between the two schools in series history.
  • Harvard has been tough to stop at home since the 2013-14 season, but drops to 17-6-3 over the span. The home loss was Harvard's first since Sept. 8, 2016, against Seattle.

What's Next:
Harvard hits the road for the first time, taking a short trip to No. 14 UMass Lowell. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and the action will be broadcast on AmericaEast.tv.