CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Harvard men's soccer team (0-1-0) fell 6-0 in its season opener to No. 20 North Carolina (1-1-1) in Chapel Hill on Friday night. In his career debut, Bobby Harraka made nine saves between the posts, playing just over 81 minutes of the contest.
The Tar Heels set the pace immediately, scoring in the first minute off a header from the six-yard box. North Carolina doubled its score in the 11th minute on a rocket from outside the box. The early scores did not rattle first year Bobby Harraka, who made crucial saves in the following minutes to keep the Tar Heels at bay. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native took six saves with him at the half.
In the 53rd minute, North Carolina added a tally inside the near post from the left side of the box. The Tar Heels managed to tap the ball past Harraka inside the six-yard box, extending their lead to 4-0 in the 67th minute. As the clock wound down, North Carolina chipped in another pair out front to seal the final score at 6-0.
- First-year Bobby Harraka made his career debut, making nine saves.
- Philip Geanakoplos made his career debut, posting two saves.
- Håvard Hjermstad tallied two shots while Alex Debayo-Doherty and Galen Lewis each fired one.
- Seven Harvard players made their career debuts.
- Harvard did not draw a single corner kick during the contest while North Carolina fielded 12.
- The Crimson drops to 0-3 all-time against the Tar Heels, having faced them during the 1995 and 2003 seasons.
The Crimson will return to the field on Sunday, taking on No. 5 Duke. The contest is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.