ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard men's soccer team dropped their first Ivy League match on the season, falling to Cornell, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Cornell's George Pedlow put the Big Red on the scoreboard nine minutes into the contest but the Crimson did not back down. Midway through the first period, sophomore Philip Hausen almost scored the equalizer with a header, following a corner kick from senior Christian Sady.
Trailing by one at the start of the second half, Harvard kept the pressure on Cornell goalkeeper Mitchell Meyer. Sady and freshman Paolo Belloni-Urso ripped back to shots on net but the Big Red keeper came up with the save to keep it a 1-0 match.
The Crimson battled all the way to the final seconds of play. With four minutes left, Harvard was threatening to score with Sady taking a corner kick but the Crimson header sailed high over the net.
- Parks made his ninth start in net, recording six saves.
- Sady took four of the Crimson's nine corner kicks.
- Belloni-Urso, Hausen and senior Justin Crichlow led Harvard with two shots on net.
- Harvard won the corner kick battle, 9-6
- It was the Crimson's first loss to the Big Red since 2012.
Harvard returns to the pitch on Tuesday Oct. 10, hosting Boston College at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Network.