Oct. 17, 2009

Courtesy of Harvard Athletics

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Andre Akpan provided all of the offense No. 6 Harvard needed, as the Crimson topped No. 15 Brown by a 1-0 margin Saturday afternoon at Ohiri Field. Austin Harms made five saves to record his fifth shutout of the season, as Harvard improves to 2-0-1 in conference play and 9-2-1 overall.

Harvard and Brown broke even after the first 45 minutes. Both teams mustered six shots, with three on frame but neither squad could put a one in the back of the net. Akpan got Harvard on the scoreboard early in the second stanza, as he received a pass from Brian Rogers in the box. Akpan spun and fired a bouncing shot that went through Brown goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand’s hands and into the net at 47:49. Harvard played the final 35 minutes of the contest down a player, due to a red card, but did not allow any quality scoring chances for the Bears.

The Crimson and Bears each fired 12 shots for the game, while Brown led in corner kicks, 4-2.

Harvard visits Providence in the Crimson’s final non-conference game of the year Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.