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Harvard Women's Soccer Looks to Return to Winning Ways, Hosts CCSU Wednesday

Meg Casscells-Hamby and the Crimson are searching for the team's first home win of the season (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard women's soccer team looks to snap a two-game losing streak, as the Crimson hosts Central Connecticut State at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Harvard enters the game with an even record of 3-3-1, while the Blue Devils stand at 1-8 overall.
Looking to Break Through at Home:
After going 10-1 at home last fall, the Crimson is still searching for its first win in Cambridge this year, as Harvard is 0-2-1 at home through three games. 

The Series:
Harvard and Central Connecticut State have met seven times, with the Crimson owning a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1997. Harvard won the last meeting, 4-0, on the road.

About Harvard:
Taryn Kurcz (3-0-6) paces Harvard with three goals, and is tied with Peyton Johnson (1-4-6) with the team lead with six points apiece. Elizabeth Weisman had contributed with two goals, while Aisha Price has handed out two assists on the year.
In net, Bethany Kanten stands at 3-3-1 with one clean sheet, 33 saves, a 1.93 goals-against average and a .733 save percentage.
Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 15-12, but Harvard owns an advantage in shots, 105-103, and corner kicks, 35-32. The Crimson owns a 3-1 record on the road, but is only 0-2-1 at home.
About Central Connecticut State:
The Blue Devils are looking to end a six-game losing streak since defeating New Hampshire, 4-0, Aug. 26. CCSU has failed to score a goal in each of the last three contests, falling by an identical score of 1-0 in each game.
Allison Kelley (1-3-5) and Kerriann Welch (2-1-5) are tied for the team lead in scoring, while Jewel Robinson (1-1-3) has CCSU's game-winning goal on the year.
Goalkeeper Nikola Deiter has started all nine games in net and is 1-8 with one shutout, a 1.78 goals-against average and 51 saves, to go along with a .761 save percentage.
CCSU has tallied seven goals on the season, while surrendering 16 tallies to opponents.
March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone needs only five victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 245-134-37 (.633) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday evening.

In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 53-31-10 (.617) record. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored nine of its 12 goals this season in the second half of contests. Opponents, meanwhile, have tallied eight of their 15 goals in the first half, outscoring Harvard, 8-3, in the first.

Coming Up:
The Crimson remains at home to host archrival Yale Saturday at 4 p.m. Harvard then travels to face New Hampshire in a non-conference game Tuesday, Oct 2.