Too often in sports, the most important aspects of a game are overlooked in the box score.
Rarely has such a statement been more applicable than to yesterday's men's soccer match, in which sound tactics, hustle and shear will elevated Harvard to a 1-0 victory over the Boston College Eagles (5-3, 4-1 Big East).
Although the game was secured when captain Ryan Kelly seized an errant Boston College pass in the Eagle backfield and tucked it away just 1:06 into the second half, the game was truly won in the trenches over the course of ninety minutes.
"We executed our game plan, and we attacked together and defended together," said sophomore sweeper Mike Lobach. "We deserved to win this one."
The statistics depict a fairly even contest, as Boston College earned three corner kicks to Harvard's two, and both teams took 11 shots.
But the box score doesn't tell the whole story.
It doesn't show Lobach soaring over the Eagles' star striker Casey Schmidt to win control of the aerial game.
It doesn't recreate the acrobatic save junior goaltender Dan Mejias made in the 70th minute to preserve his third shutout of the season.
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