Hana Taiji and the Crimson have won their last two games (Gil Talbot).
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The Crimson women's soccer team returns to action as the squad visits archrival Yale Saturday at 4 p.m. Harvard and Yale are tied with Brown and Columbia with 1-0 records in the Ivy League. The Crimson stands at 5-4 overall, while the Bulldogs are 4-3-2 on the year.
Harvard and Yale have met 36 times since 1977, with the Crimson holding a 27-8-1 advantage in the all-time series. After losing three straight to the Bulldogs from 2005-07, Harvard has taken the last three games, including a 2-1 victory last season in Cambridge.
The Crimson has won back-to-back games, downing Penn, 2-0, in the Ivy League opener Sept. 23, and topping New Hampshire, 4-1, Sept. 25.
With 14 points this fall, Baskind, a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, leads Harvard in scoring. Meg Casscells-Hamby (3-3-9) and Elizabeth Weisman (3-1-7) are tied for second in goals, while Alexandra Conigliaro (2-1-5), Erika Garcia (2-0-4) and Kate Makaroff (2-0-4) have also tallied multiple goals.
Harvard has utilized all four of its goalkeepers this season, with Alexandra Millet, Bethany Kanten and Cheta Emba seeing most of the action. Millet has 12 saves and a 2.64 goals-against average, while Kanten leads the team with 13 stops and has a 1.39 goals-against mark. Emba is only allowing 0.77 goals per game and has a .818 save percentage and has turned aside nine shots.
The Crimson are outscoring opponents, 19-17, and have a sizable edge in shots, 153-71. Harvard also leads in corner kicks, 61-24.
The Bulldogs have won three of their last four games, including a 2-0 victory at Princeton Sept. 24, and are 3-0-2 at home this season.
Yale is led offensively by Melissa Gavin (3-1-7) and Emma Mullo (2-3-7), while Kristen Forster (2-1-5) and Meredith Speck (2-1-5) have also been scoring threats.
In net, Adel Jackson Gibson has started all nine games and is 4-3-2 with a 0.73 goals-against average, to go along with 35 saves and a .854 save percentage.
In other Ancient Eight conference games this weekend, Cornell visits Penn Friday, while Dartmouth hosts Princeton and Brown travels to Columbia on Saturday.
Senior midfielder/forward Melanie Baskind was tabbed Ivy League Player of the Week, while freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kanten was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, helping the Crimson go 2-0 in its games last week.
Moving On Up:
Melanie Baskind now ranks seventh in program history with 69 points, 10 behind Katherine Sheeleigh '11 (79). Baskind is also seventh with 23 career assists and tied for seventh with 23 goals.
Spreading Around The Offense:
Four different Harvard players scored in the Crimson's win over New Hampshire Sept. 25: Erika Garcia, Catherine Coppinger, Elizabeth Weisman and Meg Casscells-Hamby.
Overall, nine Crimson players have found the back of the net this season for a total of 19 goals in nine games.
Defense Stepping Up:
Over the last two contests, the Crimson has only surrendered one goal after allowing a total of 11 tallies in the three previous games.
The Crimson hosts Fairfield Tuesday, Oct. 4 for a 3 p.m. non-conference game which will be held at Ohiri Field.