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Friedman, shown here in earlier action, led the Crimson to its best finish in his college career. Harvard fell to Penn in the Ivy League Championship match.
On the day he turned 22, senior Ross Friedman got a present he had only ever dreamed about: a contract from Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.
Throughout his soccer career, Pieter Lehrer has done nothing but win.
In Ross Friedman’s 15 years of playing soccer, the jerseys, the coaches, the lineups, and the stadiums have all changed, but one thing has remained the same—his father's relentless support.
Senior Kevin Harrington takes a header after a corner kick by classmate Ross Friedman. Two early goals allowed Penn to take the win over Harvard, 2-0.
The team (7-8-2, 5-2-0 Ivy) ended up falling 2-0 to the Quakers (7-8-1, 5-1-1), finishing second in the Ivy League.
“He told us we had to have faith in the process,” Harrington said. “[He said] things will turn around.”
With its sixth win in seven games, a 2-0 result over the Columbia Lions (8-5-3, 1-2-3 Ivy), the Harvard men’s soccer team (7-7-2, 5-1-0) moved one game away from the Ancient Eight title. It was the team’s first win all year by two or more goals and broke a six-game streak of games decided by one goal.
With both teams preparing to vie for their respective league championships, the Harvard and Holy Cross men’s soccer teams took a break from their conference schedules to do battle Wednesday night.
With just two weeks left in its season, the Harvard men’s soccer team will look to continue its recent strong play against the Holy Cross Crusaders on Wednesday.
“This team continues to fight, they continue to prepare really well,” Harvard coach Pieter Lehrer said. “They show up the same way they did in the early part of the season. They work, they work, they work.”
The Harvard men's soccer team has now won four of its last six contests.
Confusion, rather than skill and luck, from both sides of the ball was the main factor that dictated the outcome of Saturday’s soccer match between Harvard and Dartmouth.
Philip Fleischman scored late in Saturday’s contest against Princeton, helping his team achieve a come-from-behind victory. With the win, the Crimson gains sole possession of second place in the Ancient Eight.