The Harvard men's soccer team (5-5-3, 3-2-0 Ivy) was hoping to end the season in sole possession of the Ivy League and with their rival Brown far behind them. But unfortunately for the Crimson, it now appears unlikely that it will even the for first place with the Bears.
Apparently, Brown entered the season seeking revenge for their loss to the Crimson in the final game of last season which crowned Harvard with the Ivy title.
While the Crimson has now fallen into fourth place in the Ivy League, the Bears (10-0-0, 5-0-0) have remained undefeated, securing the top spot in the league. On Saturday Brown continued its streak by defeating Penn (3-7-1, 1-3-0) by a score of 2-0.
Brown has only two more Ivy League contests left on its schedule, the next versus the Crimson on November 5, and the last versus Cornell on November 12. They are now within one win of clinching at least a tie for the Ivy League title.
The Crimson, meanwhile, is not mathematically out of contention to tie the Ivy League title--Brown would gave to lose its final two league contests, and Cornell and Princeton would have to each lose at least once.
Harvard had hoped to increase their chances of a championship with a win this weekend but, unfortunately, lost a hard fought battle against third place Princeton (10-3-0, 3-1-0) in double overtime.
The Crimson's only goal was scored by junior Rich Wilmot, after he connected with junior Will Kohler's shot when it deflected off of the cross bar.
Despite Harvard's loss, Kohler's goal garnered him Ivy League Honor Roll recognition. In addition, Kohler remains in first place in Ivy League scoring with five goals and three assists for a total of 13 points.
The Ivy League Player of the Week was Princeton's Jesse Marsch, a senior forward who earned the honor for the second time this season. Marsch scored twice last week in the Tigers' 3-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.
Marsch also contributed a goal and the game winning assist in Princeton's overtime defeat of the Crimson on Saturday.
Rino Matarazzo, a Columbia freshman mid fielder, was the Rookie of the Week after scoring two game-winning goals for the Lions last week.
Elsewhere in the Ivy League last week, second place Cornell (10-1-1, 4-1-0) defeated sixth place Dartmouth (2-10-0, 1-3-0) on Saturday with a score of 1-0 in overtime.
Also on Saturday, Columbia (6-8-0, 1-4-0) blanked last place Yale (3-7-2, 0-4-0) with a 3-0 victory.
Harvard's next contest will be in Hanover on Saturday when they face Dartmouth.