NEW YORK - The Columbia men's soccer team will hit the road
for the final time this season, visiting Harvard Saturday. Kickoff at Soldiers
Field Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
Columbia has had the last week off from competition after a
midweek matchup against Adelphi was canceled due to the inclement weather in
the northeast. The Lions are coming off a 1-1 tie on the road at Yale on Oct.
27. Henning Sauerbier scored early on for Columbia, but a second half strike by
the Bulldogs pushed the game to a draw.
With Saturday's goal, Sauerbier joined Nick Scott as the
only two Columbia players with multiple goals this season. Both players have assisted
on another tally this year and are tied with Kofi Agyapong (1-3-5) with a
team-high five points.
The Crimson enter Saturday's contest still in search of its
first Ivy League victory. Since opening Ivy League play with a 0-0 tie at home
against Yale, Harvard has dropped four consecutive conference matches.
Harvard's only two wins this season have come against Michigan State on Sept. 7
and at Boston University on Oct. 16.
Zack Wolfenzon, Jake Freeman and Oliver White have each
tallied three goals this season to pace Harvard. Wolfenzon has added an assist
to lead the Crimson with seven points.
Joe Festa and Evan Mendez have split time in net for
Harvard, combining for a 1.71 goals-against average. Kyle Jackson is just 40
minutes shy of eclipsing 1,000 on the season for Columbia. The first-year has
made 47 saves and has a .810 save percentage to go with a 1.03 GAA.
Columbia and Harvard have met on the pitch 62 times dating
back to 1905. The Crimson holds the all-time series lead, 32-22-5, but the
Lions have won each of the last two meetings by one goal.