How It Happened:
Freshman Ross Morison tallied a pair of goals as the Rhode Island men's soccer team posted a 2-1 win at Harvard on Sunday afternoon. Morison gave the Rams an early advantage when he collected a clearance attempt by Harvard goalkeeper Brett Conrad and found the back of the net at 19:51. Midway through the second half, Brian Rogers took advantage of a Rhody miscommunication and evened things up at 1-1. However, Morison struck again just six minutes later (77:45), heading in what proved to be the game-winner off a cross by freshman Matt Sykes.
Inside the Box Score:
- With the win, Rhode Island improves to 2-4 on the season while Harvard drops to 1-2.
- Harvard held a 20-7 advantage in total shots and a 10-4 edge in shots on goal.
- The Crimson out-cornered the Rams, 6-1.
- Rhode Island committed 16 fouls to Harvard's nine.
- Harvard was whistled offsides three times, while the Rams were twice.
- Two yellow cards were issued in the match. One to Rhody freshman Mike Casey (32:43) and one to Harvard's Jamie Rees (37:05).
- Redshirt senior goalkeeper Peyton Warwick finished with nine saves in goal for the Rams while Conrad turned away two shots for the Crimson.
- Morison led URI with two shots (both on goal). Rogers put a team-high five attempts on net for Harvard.
- The victory improves Rhode Island to 9-5-1 in the all-time series against Harvard. Rhody has now won five of the last six meetings between the two teams, dating back to 2004.
- Five of Rhody's six matches so far this season have been decided by a single goal. In these games, Rhode Island is 2-3.
- For the first time this season, the Rams started four freshmen - Morison, Sykes, Casey and Alan Hernandez.
- Morison's goals were the first and second of his career. He is the first Ram to net multiple goals this season.
- Sykes, meanwhile, becomes the first Rhody player to record multiple assists as he now leads the team with two.
- Junior Robby Gargaro has not missed a game - or a start - since joining the Rams in 2009. As a freshman, he started in each of URI's 20 matches and went on to start all 18 games last season. Sunday's contest against Harvard extended Gargaro's streak to 44 consecutive starts.
The Rams are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they host Holy Cross at 7 p.m.