(photo credit Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a strong first half, the Harvard men's soccer team (1-2-0) suffered a 2-0 setback against No. 22 UMass Lowell (4-0-1) tonight at Jordan Field. Philip Hausen and Jorma Görns made their season debuts in the matchup.
In the opening minutes, the Crimson was able to keep the River Hawks at bay, pouring an immense amount of pressure on the team while getting a few good looks on goal. In the 31st minute, goalie Matt Freese made a diving save that kept UMass Lowell scoreless, but rendered him unable to play the rest of the match. Seeing his first career game action, Jorma Görns finished out the game, making three saves. Freshman Håvard Hjermstad led the Crimson offense, recording three shots on net.
Roko Prsa beared the weight for the River Hawks, scoring both goals on the win. In the 38th minute, Prsa was able to knock in a bobbling ball in front of the goal. UMass Lowell struck again on a free kick outside the 18-yard line in the 56th minute to double its lead and secure the victory.
- Philip Hausen made his season debut.
- Jorma Görns made his career debut, notching three saves.
- Freshman Håvard Hjermstad recorded three of Harvard's six shots.
- Harvard drops to 0-2 against UMass Lowell all-time.
Next up, the Crimson will head to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on Hofstra in an afternoon matchup on Sunday, September 9. First kick is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on Pride Productions.