Morison Scores Twice in 2-1 Win at Harvard

Morison Scores Twice in 2-1 Win at Harvard

 

Box Score

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.

Additional Notes:

  • 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.

Up Next:
The Rams are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they host Holy Cross at 7 p.m.