Harvard, Yale Meet in Showdown of Unbeaten Ivy Teams Tuesday Afternoon

Pictured: Kerry Kartsonis and the Crimson have won six straight games entering Tuesday's contest at Yale.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography

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Ivy League Standings

The Game:
The Crimson women’s soccer team, which has rattled off six straight victories, has won three straight Ivy League games to open conference play. Harvard is tied atop the Ancient Eight standings with Yale, who also boasts a 3-0 conference mark and stands 8-4 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 Yale have met 34 times, with Harvard holding a 25-8-1 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1977. Last season, the Crimson snapped a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs with a 3-1 win at Ohiri Field on Oct. 4, 2008. In that contest, Katherine Sheeleigh, Melanie Baskind and Christina Hagner each scored a goal, while Lauren Mann earned the win, making three saves.

About Harvard:
The Crimson is coming off a 1-0 overtime victory over Brown Saturday, as Katherine Sheeleigh netted the game-winning tally in the 93rd minute off a corner kick from Melanie Baskind. Sheeleigh paces the team with 15 points on six goals and three assists and has notched three game winners this fall. Baskind ranks second on the squad with seven points, while she leads the team with five assists.

Lauren Mann has started all 12 games in net and owns a 6-5-1 record with three shutouts. He has stopped 47 of 64 shots for a .734 save percentage and has a 1.40 goals-against average.

The team holds the edge in goals scored against opponents, 18-17, and has earned 71 corner kicks, compared to 53 by opponents.

About Yale:
The Bulldogs are 4-1 in their last five games after earning a 2-1 victory in overtime against Cornell Saturday. In other Ivy League contests this fall, Yale has defeated Dartmouth, 2-0, and Princeton, 2-0. The team has scored more than twice as many goals as opponents, 24-11, and has earned 63 corner kicks, while opponents have 41.

With 10 goals and 24 points, Becky Brown leads Yale in most major offensive statistical category. She has notched two game-winning tallies, while Mary Kubiuk also has two game-winning scores to her credit. Kirsten Forster paces the squad with six assists, while Miyuki Hino (three goals, two assists), Leslie Perez (two goals, four assists) and Kubiuk are Yale’s other multiple goal scorers. Between the pipes, Ayana Sumiyasu has seen most of the action and stands at 6-4 with four clean sheets, a 0.98 goals-against average and a save percentage of .828 (48 of 58).

Golden Goal:
Katherine Sheeleigh netted Harvard’s first goal in overtime this season, as she scored off a corner kick in the Crimson’s 1-0 win over Brown Saturday. Sheeleigh has scored in three straight games and has four goals during that stretch.

Coming Up:
Harvard returns home to host Princeton Saturday, Oct. 24. The game is slated to begin at 11 a.m. at Ohiri Field.