CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 20 Dartmouth men’s soccer team played almost 90 minutes without scoring at Harvard on Saturday afternoon, but found a way in the last minute of play to do so and took a 1-0 win.
With a record close to fellow Ivy teams Columbia and Cornell, a win over Harvard was necessary to remain in first place in the conference. The Big Green are now 10-3-1, with a 4-0-1 conference record, while the Crimson fall to 2-8-4, 1-1-2 in Ivy play.
“I am very proud of the squad tonight,” said head coach Chad Riley. “We always knew it was going to be a challenging game, but we were focused throughout the match. Once they went down to 10 men, in many ways the game became more difficult. Even with this, we continued to play and find ways to create chances and it took us to the last minute of the match for a true captain’s goal by Matt Danilack.
“We will certainly enjoy this for a day and then be back to work as we prepare for Cornell.”
Harvard’s goalkeeper, Kyle Parks, was forced to make 11 saves, while there were an additional two team saves, as the road team led the shots with a season high 30 taken, 14 on goal. The shots taken at Harvard are higher than the game-high shots record for the last four seasons, the closest being 27 shots in the 2015 game at Penn.
While the attack game was strong, Parks was on fire and Dartmouth was unable to find the back of the net through 89 minutes. 29 seconds into the last minute, junior Justin Donawa was sending the ball into the box and a Crimson defender ended up on the ground trying to kick the ball back out, putting the ball in motion to Danilack, who bicycle kicked it into the net and grabbed the win.
Harvard has battled the Big Green for lead of the Ivy League the last couple of seasons and frustration was high on the field as the home team was looking for another conference win. There were 18 total fouls with three yellow cards and one red card on the Crimson, taking Paolo Belloni-Urso out of the game with only 21 minutes played.
Next weekend, Dartmouth will return home for a Senior Day game, hosting Cornell in the last home conference game of the season on Saturday at 1 p.m.