The Crimson held its own against SJU, but ultimately fell on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
QUEENS, N.Y. – Looking for its first win of the season, the Harvard men's soccer team battled St. John's on Saturday, but the Red Storm (1-3-2) came away with a 2-1 win over the Crimson (0-3-0).
Harvard, which sent four shots on target, held SJU to just two, but the Red Storm capitalized both times. Senior co-captain Kyle Henderson registered his second goal of the year for the Crimson in the loss.
"I thought the team showed a lot of fight tonight," associate head coach Jonathan Delano said following the game. "Defensively we were strong, only allowing two shots on goal. The offensive side is moving in the right direction. The team is staying positive and improving."
Right off the bat, Harvard peppered SJU with a pair of shots, starting with Mark Ashby's attempt just 3:44 into the contest. The play evened out as time wore on, but immediately after a blocked shot, Gabriel Camara chipped a shot just over Evan Mendez' hands to make it 1-0 in favor of the home side.
Just seven minutes into the second half, SJU made it 2-0 with a Jordan Rouse touch pass at 52:06. But just minutes after that, Henderson scored on a nifty cross from Tim Schmoll to bring the Crimson within a goal at 2-1.
From there, Harvard had a few chances at redemption, most notably with a Matt Sheeleigh strike, and an attempt from Schmoll, but the Red Storm held on tight for the victory.
Up next, the Crimson return home for a four-game slate split between the comforts of Soldiers Field Soccer Complex and Ohiri Field in Cambridge.