Monday, September 21, 2009

Men's Soccer rising on national scene

Another winning weekend for the Harvard men's soccer team, and another impressive haul of national attention for the undefeated Crimson.

On Saturday afternoon, the Crimson trekked to southern Connecticut and defeated Fairfield 4-1 behind senior striker Andre Akpan's two tallies and an assist. That win moves them to 5-0 on the season and the #6 ranking in the just-released College Soccer News poll, up a whopping six spots from last week.

This coming week will provide two more tough road tests, with a match at the University of New Hampshire (2-3-1) on Wednesday and a Saturday afternoon tilt on Tobacco Road against #3 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons (3-1-1) are coming off a 1-0 loss to Virginia, so expect a taut game between the Crimson and the Deacons in Winston-Salem.

Akpan earned National Player of the Week honors from Top Drawer Soccer for his five-point performance against the Stags, and now stands just six goals shy of Harvard's all-time goal mark. Expect him to narrow that gap against UNH, and if he puts in a strong performance against Wake Forest, Akpan (six goals, four assists in five games) could be considered the early front-runner for the Hermann Trophy.

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