The Crimson opens a two-game home-stand welcoming Albany Sunday evening (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening a two-game home-stand, the Harvard men's soccer team welcomes Albany Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Jordan Field. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- Freshman Paolo Belloni-Urso and sophomore Philip Hausen share the team lead in points each with one goal and an assist.
- Belloni-Urso scored the game winning goal in the 84th minute in a 2-1 win against Providence (Sept. 9).
- Senior goalkeeper Kyle Parks has started four of five matches in net, making 21 saves.
Last Time Out
The Crimson dropped a 1-0 decision to Boston University on Saturday Sept. 16. Freshman Paolo Belloni-Urso led the Harvard offense with three shots while the Crimson attack outshot the Terriers by a 6-5 margin. Freshman Matt Freese made his first-career start in net, recording a pair of saves.
Harvard is 1-3-1 on the season, following a win against Providence and a tie against Northeastern. Hausen and Belloni-Urso currently lead the Crimson with three points on the season – one goal and one assist – each. Sophomore midfield Matthew Glass has the third Crimson goal while seniors Justin Crichlow and Eric Gylling each have one assist.
At 5-2-0 on the season, Albany is coming off a 1-0 overtime win, on the road, against Lafayette, Wednesday Sept. 20. It was their third shut-out of the season, blanking Rhode Island (Aug. 28) and Boston University (Sept. 5) earlier in the year. Adam Malekos scored the game-winner vs. Lafayette, re-directing an off-target shot from Afonso Pinheiro four minutes into overtime.
This will be the first meeting between the two institutions.
The Class of 2021
Adding a talented group of six to the roster, Harvard men's soccer announced the incoming class of 2021 over the summer: Paolo Belloni-Urso, Cornelius Bencsik, Rory Conway, Fernando Docters, Matt Freese, and Sebastian Lindner-Liaw.
Full announcement: Men's Soccer Announces Class of 2021
Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field and Ohiri Field have been difficult places for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding a 17-6-3 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.
After leading Harvard on the field, Harvard men's soccer's Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu '17 was selected with the second pick of the third round in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Atlanta United FC. Wheeler-Omiunu was the eighth student-athlete in program history to be selected in the draft, and the first since 2013. He made his debut for the club in the US Open Cup first round.
At the Helm
Pieter Lehrer is in his fifth season as the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer in 2015, tallying a 36-22-8 record over four years. Each of Lehrer's teams have won at last four Ivy League games, with 17 players earning All-Ivy nods.
Ivy League Network
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Harvard continues its two-game home-stand on Tuesday Sept. 26 hosting Vermont at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.