The Princeton men’s soccer team (3–6–3 overall) will be traveling to Cambridge this Saturday, Oct. 21, to face the Harvard Crimson (2–7–3). When these teams faced one another last year, there were five goals, three lead changes, and two ties in just the first half of play, but the Tigers still came up short 3–2 in the end. This game is a constant battle between both teams — neither team has held a winning streak longer than two games since Princeton held a five-game win streak from 2009 to 2013.
In last year’s defeat, defender Patrick Barba ’17 scored a goal and had an assist for the Tigers. Senior James Reiner experienced his first start of the season where he tallied two assists for the Tigers. Greg Seifert ’17 also scored a goal, but the Crimson came out on top in the last three minutes of the first half. During the second half, both defenses held strong; neither team scored.
The Tigers started Ivy League Conference play with two losses against Dartmouth and Brown, one tie against Columbia, and no wins. They have a .407 shots on goal percentage (66–162), with only 11 goals throughout the season. Princeton’s men’s soccer team is led offensively by junior Jeremy Colvin, who has four goals and one assist this season. Freshman Kevin O’Toole and senior Daniel Carbonatto-Bowkett each have one goal and two assists. Senior James Reiner has also scored twice. Sophomore goalie Jacob Schachner has a 0.99 goals against average and a .778 save percentage. He has made 42 saves on 54 shots and has three shutouts.
Harvard is currently in a four way tie for third place in the Ivy League at 1–1–1. The Crimson defeated Yale (2–1), lost to Cornell (0–1), and tied with Brown (1–1). Throughout the season, though, they have not won a home game, losing four and tying three. Crimson sophomore Philip Hausen has two goals and three assists this season. Paolo Belloni-Urso, Cornelius Bencsik, and Christian Sady have also scored twice each. Kyle Parks has started as goalie in 11-12 games and has a .740 save percentage (57–77).
Since the first match of the season, the men’s soccer team has been optimistic. Their performance continually shows growth. When asked about how he, and the team, feel about the game against Harvard, Schachner said “As a team, we feel confident after a good result versus Columbia and we feel we can end the season on a positive note.” The Tigers are going into this game, and the quickly approaching end of their season, with much excitement.
If you cannot attend the game at Harvard this weekend, it will be available for streaming on the Ivy League Network.