The forward-looking mindset of Harvard men's soccer coach Pieter Lehrer on the soccer field is the same one that has taken him through a stint as a professional soccer player in Europe, the same one that helped him become an Olympic qualifier in sprint canoeing, and the same one that is now driving his burgeoning coaching career.
As my co-writer and I walked down to the sideline of Jordan Field this past Halloween, I could not help but notice how eerily quiet the Harvard men’s soccer bench, one that had been yelling at both players and refs alike all night, had gotten.
While most Harvard student-athletes do not pursue careers in professional sports, a select few are able to make the leap. Not only do some of them make the pros, but some of them also shine.
On an evening meant to honor the senior Harvard men’s soccer players for their contributions over their careers to the Crimson, senior forwards Jake Freeman, Oliver White, and Tim Schmoll carried the Harvard squad to an offensive rout of Penn, 6-0.
Freshman wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley earned Athlete of the Week honors by guiding Harvard football to a 24-16 win over Columbia on Saturday. The freshman wide receiver caught eight passes for 131 yards and added an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Aside from Shelton-Mosley’s impact on the gridiron, three other Crimson had crucial performances in their teams’ wins.
In the Ivy League, one game has the ability to make or break a season. On Saturday, it took a single play to do both. With the inside track to both an Ivy League title and a trip to the NCAA tournament up for grabs on Halloween, that play came after nearly 100 minutes of play—leaving one side on the verge of a celebration and the other wondering what just happened.