Harvard Women's Soccer Returns to Ivy Play, Hosts Yale Saturday Afternoon
The Crimson women's soccer team looks to even its Ivy League record Saturday (Kevin Burns).
The Harvard women's soccer team hosts archrival Yale in an Ivy League contest at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Harvard (3-3-2, 0-1 Ivy) is looking for its first Ivy win of the year, while the Bulldogs (5-4) are also 0-1 in conference play. The Crimson is looking to snap a three-game winless streak.
In 37 all-time meetings, Harvard owns a 28-8-1 advantage in the series against Yale, which dates back to a 2-0 win for the Crimson in 1977.
Harvard has won four straight against the Bulldogs, including a 2-1 decision at Yale last season. In that game, Peyton Johnson scored on a penalty kick in overtime in the 93rd minute to win the game.
Taryn Kurcz (3-0-6) paces Harvard with three goals, and is tied with Peyton Johnson (1-4-6) for the team lead with six points apiece. Elizabeth Weisman has contributed two goals, while Aisha Price has handed out two assists on the year.
In net, Bethany Kanten boasts a 3-3-2 overall record and has 37 saves, a 1.61 goals-against average and a .755 save percentage. She also owns two clean sheets on the year, having shut down Massachusetts and Central Connecticut State.
Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 15-12, but Harvard owns an advantage in shots, 136-112, and in corner kicks earned, 43-32.
The Bulldogs had their three-game win streak snapped with a 2-1 loss in overtime at home to Princeton Sept. 22.
Kristen Foster paces Yale with five goals and 13 points, while Muriel Battaglia has tallied three goals and Melissa Gavin has contributed two goals and four assists.
Yale has utilized three different goalkeepers this fall, each of whom has started three games apiece. Rachel Ames has played the most minutes and is 2-2 with 15 saves and a 0.97 goals-against average. Adel Jackson-Gibson sports a 2-1 record and a 1.35 goals-against mark, while Elise Wilcox is 0-1 and allowing 1.38 goals per game.
Yale has scored 19 goals as a team this season, while only surrendering 11 scores on defense.
Harvard is searching for its first home win, going 0-2-2 through the first four games in Cambridge.
March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone needs only five victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 245-134-38 (.633) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday evening. In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 53-31-11 (.616) mark. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.
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 opening half.
The Crimson steps back into non-conference play and will visit New Hampshire Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Harvard will then return to Cambridge to host Cornell in an Ivy contest Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon.