Fleischman scored his second and third goals of the year on Tuesday to vault the Crimson to a 2-0 victory (Penny Ashford)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Philip Fleischman's two goals was all the scoring that was needed on Tuesday night, as the Harvard men's soccer team came away with a 2-0 victory over Stony Brook at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The game represented Harvard's (9-4-1, 2-1-1) final nonconference bout of the regular season and its eighth victory at home in 2014.
Fleischman registered his second and third goals of the season on Tuesday, while Joe Festa picked up his first start since 2012 and played admirably between the posts. The junior keeper earned the clean sheet in the winning effort.
The Crimson put the pressure on the Sea Wolves early, firing off two shots within the first 10 minutes of the game. Harvard's defense remained poised through the opening frame, not allowing a true shot to reach Festa until the 26th minute of the game.
It was Philip Fleischman's one-touch goal in the 41st minute that put Harvard on the board. Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu did well to create the play up the central alley, weaving through defenders with ease. Wheeler-Omiunu then dished it to Hiroki Kobayashi, who touched it to Nate Devine, who then set up Fleishman for the one-timer that bent in to the far post.
From there, Fleischman extended the Crimson's lead with a strike in the 64th minute. After a deep pass from across midfield, junior Jake Freeman corralled the ball and neatly placed it in Fleischman's control. The junior defender then drove his way left and fired one to the left post, beating Jason Orban for the second time, giving the Crimson its ultimate 2-0 lead.
Harvard displayed its strengths on both ends of the pitch in the win, reeling off 15 shots, while holding Stony Brook to just seven. Festa only needed to make four save to preserve the victory between the posts, while the Crimson spread things around as seven separate players got a shot off, with four taking two or more shots apiece.
Both teams dueled to the end, but Harvard came out victorious with exceptional play from the backs and pressure in the middle. After the win, the Crimson will step back into Ivy League play with a trip to Dartmouth Saturday, Nov. 1.