Crimson Women’s Soccer Hosts Brown in Key Ivy Matchup Saturday
Melanie Baskind paces the Ivy League in points, assists and shots (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson continues on their three-game home stand as the team takes on conference rival Brown Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be played at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Harvard heads into the game 8-4-1 overall and 2-0-1 in league play, while Brown stands at 8-3-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in Ancient Eight action.
History – Harvard vs. Brown:
This upcoming match will be the 42nd matchup and the 34th consecutive year that the two schools have faced each in women's soccer. Harvard holds a slim lead in the all-time series with a record of 20-18-3. In their last 10 head-to-head matchups, Harvard holds a narrow advantage with a record of 5-4-1. In those previous matches, seven of the games have been decided by one goal and three of the matches going into extra time.
The surging Crimson tacked on a 2-0 win against Siena Oct. 11 thanks to solid defense and goals by Hana Taiji and Elizabeth Weisman. Harvard is led by co-captains Melanie Baskind and Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Lindsey Kowal. Baskind paces the Harvard offense in goals (five), assists (eight), points, (18) and shots (41). Weisman (5-1-9) and Meg Casscells-Hamby (4-3-11) have also wrecked havoc on opponents' defenses this 2011 campaign.
In net, the Crimson has only conceded five goals and has earned two shutouts during the unbeaten streak. The 2011 Harvard goalkeepers have made 44 stops, produced a 1.56 goals against average and have earned two shutouts collectively.
With 18 points this fall, senior Melanie Baskind, the Framingham, Mass. native with a concentration in neurobiology, stands seventh in career points (72), seventh in goals (24) and sixth in career assists (24) in program history. In addition, she is currently ranked 18th in the nation in assists per game.
The Crimson is outscoring opponents, 27-21, while outshooting opponents, 213-128, and corner kicks, 83-30.
The Bears are coming off a strong performance by putting up five goals against Francis Marion in a 5-1 victory Tuesday. Eliza Marshall leads the Bears in goals (four), assists (two), points (10) and shots on goal (11). Chloe Cross is also a dangerous offensive option, tallying four goals and adding an assist to her credit. In the back, Amber Bledsoe and M.C. Barrett led the defense. Brown's goalkeepers have only conceded 10 goals. while making 59 saves. Brown owns an edge against opponents in goals (20-10), shots (189-151) and corners (53-40).
Around The Ivy League:
In the Ivy League, Harvard stands in first place with seven points and a 2-0-1 mark against conference foes. However, Penn, Brown, Yale and Columbia all hold identical 2-1 records with six points. All Ivy members will be facing each other Saturday, as Cornell will be visiting Yale, Columbia traveling to Princeton and Dartmouth will face-off against Penn.
Pick Your Poison:
Harvard's offense has 11 different goal scorers this season. Seven of the 11 players have scored multiple goals.
There Is No Place Like Home:
Harvard owns a 7-1 record at home games this fall, including a 5-1 mark at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium and a 2-0 record at Ohiri Field. The Crimson has outscored teams, 18-10, in seven home contests. In conference games, Harvard has a 6-3, edge in goals.
Harvard will play its next two games at home, hosting Princeton Oct. 22 and Dartmouth Oct. 29. The regular season will end at Columbia Nov. 5.