UVM and Harvard Struggle to Nil-Nil Tie

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont and Harvard battled hard for 110 minutes before settling for a 0-0 double-overtime tie in men’s college soccer at sun-drenched Centennial Field on Friday afternoon. The tie was the third straight for the Catamounts, two of which being scoreless affairs, as they extended their home field unbeaten streak to 12 games (8-0-4) dating back to the 2001 season. The game was the season opener for the Crimson, who bested Vermont, 4-0, a year ago in Boston. The two goalkeepers, David Sullivan (seven saves) of UVM and Harvard’s Conrad Jones (five saves), were sharp in the crease and each earned the shutout. Sullivan, who has allowed just one goal in the last 342 minutes, made the best stop of the day when he robbed Kevin Ara’s penalty kick bid with 13:51 left in regulation. Ara, named to the preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List, ripped a low shot to the left that Sullivan made a diving save. Both teams had several other excellent scoring chances throughout the game. In the 25th minute, Harvard’s Brian Charnock rapped one off the crossbar from 12 yards out. Just after halftime, UVM tri-captain John Antonucci, who gave an excellent two-way effort on the day, shot wide from 15 yards. Prior to their penalty kick attempt, the Crimson pressured late in second half with five corner kicks in a 12-minute span. But in the extra sessions, Vermont controlled the play with Danny Broughan, Corey Bronner and Matt Chavez having solid chances that did not find the mark. Vermont (0-2-3) heads west to the Green Bay Fila Classic next weekend playing the host, UW-Green Bay on Saturday and UW-Milwaukee, ranked 19th in the nation, on Sunday. -Athletic Communications