Men’s Soccer Edged By Columbia, 6-1

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photo credit Gil Talbot

NEW YORK – The Harvard men's soccer team (0-13-1, 0-6-0 Ivy) was edged, 6-1, by Columbia this afternoon in New York. Willem Ebbinge scored his second goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1 early in the first half while Gianluca Trofa made his collegiate debut. 

Philip Genankoplos made his first career start, recording one save. Ebbinge led the offense while Alex Debayo-Doherty, Sam Pratt, Galen Lewis and Alfred Perez each tallied a shot. 

In the fourth minute, Columbia scored, putting the ball into the top right corner to take a 1-0 lead. Not long after, Willem Ebbinge responded with his second of the season with an assist from Sam Pratt in the eighth minute to tie the score. The Lions chipped back, again, to retake the lead on a header off the free kick in the 16th minute. Columbia made it 3-1 in the 31st minute when Geanakoplos was drawn out of position and the Lions were able to score on an open net. Columbia capitalized again in the 34th minute, forcing Geanakoplos out of the box and sailing the ball over his reach. 

Ginluca Trofa took over goalkeeping duties in the second half, but allowed two scores from Columbia that put the final score at 6-1. 

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