ALBANY, N.Y. – With 28 seconds remaining in overtime, the Harvard men's soccer team (0-1) fell to Albany (2-1) 3-2 in its season opener on Friday night. Despite the loss, the Crimson led twice during the match off the boots of Alex Debayo-Doherty and Taner Dogan.
In tonight's match, four freshmen made their career debuts including Nico Garcia-Morillo, Håvard Hjermstad and Alfred Perez who got a starting nod while Alex Debayo-Doherty appeared later, netting the first score of the season for Harvard early in the second half.
Neither team managed to get a shot on net in a scoreless first half, however play picked up pace in the second period. Following a few good looks for the Great Danes, the Crimson put itself on the scoreboard off the boot of Alex Debayo-Doherty in the 58th minute. Debayo-Doherty picked up a cross and buried it in the lower right corner for his first goal in a Harvard uniform.
Less than three minutes later, Albany struck back following a free kick from the left corner that met a charging player in the middle. Taner Dogan gave the lead back to the Crimson in the 67th minute, beating the goalie in the lower left corner from inside the box. The Great Danes would again even the score 15 seconds later on a long-distance shot to force extra time.
Despite a tightly contested overtime period, Albany was able to secure the win with 28 seconds remaining on a give-and-go pass in the middle of the box, beating Freese lower left.
- Alex Debayo-Doherty scored his first career goal.
- Matt Freese made a career high five saves in his season debut.
- Harvard drops to 0-2 all-time with Albany.
- The Crimson had not lost an overtime contest since October 2015.
The Crimson will return to action on Monday, Sept. 3 as it welcomes Providence for its home opener at Jordan Field. First kick is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on ESPN+.