Late Harvard Goal Dooms UMass In 2-1 Setback
Sept. 22, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard's Kevin Harrington scored with just over ten minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Crimson to a 2-1 win over Massachusetts at Ohiri Field Sunday.
The game went back-and-forth all day long, with each team countering the others' offensive attacks with one of it's own. Harvard held a slim 13-8 edge in shots after a 5-4 margin in the opening period.
In a battle of two teams looking for their first victory of 2013, it was Harvard (1-4-1) who struck first early in the second half. Philip Fleischman headed in a Michael Klain throw-in 3:35 after the intermission.
UMass hung tough and answered with a tying goal just over 12 minutes later. Junior Josh Schwartz jumped on a deflected ball and shot it past Harvard goalkeeper Evan Mendez at the 61:19 mark. It was the Baltimore native's second score of the season and ninth in his career.
The Crimson put more pressure on the Minutemen over a six-minute stretch that included three corner kicks, a blocked shot and a team save. The final corner was the big blow as Ross Friedman's ball into the goal area found Harrington's head at 79:46.
UMass (0-7-1) was unable to put any shots on goal in the remaining time and dropped its seventh-consecutive game.
The Minutemen will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to the Empire State and face Syracuse (5-2). The teams will meet for the second-time in their history, beginning at 7 p.m. at the SU Soccer Stadium.
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