Harvard Looks to Continue Winning Streak at Cornell

Harvard Looks to Continue Winning Streak at Cornell

Pictured: Sophomore Hana Taiji and the Crimson own 1-0 record in Ivy League play this season.
Courtesy: Dave Silverman

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The Game:
The Harvard women’s soccer team has rattled off three wins in a row after topping Fairfield, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon. During the streak, the Crimson has also defeated Penn and Holy Cross and have improved to 4-5-1 on the season. Harvard owns a 1-0 conference record as is one of three teams undefeated in Ivy League play, along with Dartmouth (2-0) and Yale (1-0). Cornell is 0-2 in the Ancient Eight and 1-8-1 overall.

Follow From Home:
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.

Series History:
Harvard and Cornell have met 28 times on the soccer field, and the Crimson enjoys a 19-3-6 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to 1980. Harvard has not lost to Cornell since 1993 and has won five straight games. In the Crimson’s 3-0 win at home last season, Christina Hagner and Katherine Sheeleigh each scored a goal, while Harvard added a third tally on a Cornell own goal. Lauren Mann stopped six shots for the shutout on Oct. 11, 2008.

About Harvard:
Last time out, the Crimson defeated Fairfield by a 4-1 margin Tuesday. Katherine Sheeleigh scored two goals in the first half, while Gina Wideroff and Patricia Yau chipped in with scores in the second half. Yau also handed out an assist on Sheeleigh’s second goal and Lauren Mann made two saves to earn her fourth victory of the year.

Sheeleigh, who moved into a ninth-place tie on Harvard’s all-time goal scoring list with 18, leads the team with 11 points and four goals this fall. She is also tied with Melanie Baskind with three assists. Lizzy Nichols, Caroline Albanese and Christina Hagner have each tallied two goals.

Mann boasts a 4-5-1 record in net with a 1.67 goals-against average. She has recorded two shutouts and owns a .712 save percentage. The Crimson owns a 53-43 advantage over opponents in corner kicks, but is being outscored, 17-15.

About Cornell:
The Big Red are hoping to end a five-game losing streak, which dates back to Sept. 18. In its two conference games, Cornell lost one-goal games to Columbia, 1-0, and Penn, 2-1. The team has been outscored, 18-7, and opponents have earned 20 more corner kick opportunities, 58-38.

The trio of Maneesha Chitanvis, Hannah Labadie and Sidra Bonner have scored two goals each, while Sam Wright has a team-best three assists. Labadie tallied the team’s lone game-winning goal, coming against Colgate Sept. 16.

Kelly Murphy has seen most of the action in net and has a 1-7-1 record with two shutouts. She has stopped 30 of 43 shots faced (.798) and boasts a 1.49 goals-against average.

Defense Wins Games:
Harvard has allowed only three goals in its last four games and owns a 3-1 record during that span.

Coming Up:
With five games remaining on the season, Harvard hosts Brown Saturday, Oct. 17, before visiting Yale Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Crimson and Bulldogs were originally scheduled to play Oct. 3, but the game was postponed due to lightning.