CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 2013 Ivy League champion Harvard women's soccer team wraps up its regular season at Columbia Saturday, Nov. 9. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.
Harvard (11-3-2, 6-0) captured its 11th Ivy League title and fourth over the last six years last Saturday with a 2-1 win over Dartmouth on Senior Day. Fittingly, senior co-captain Peyton Johnson recorded the game-winning goal for the Crimson. Harvard punched its ticket to the NCAA Championship, its 13th appearance in program history. The Crimson will find out its fate when the NCAA selection show airs on Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m.
All-Time Against the Lions
The Crimson boasts a 23-3-1 all-time record against the Lions in a series that dates back to 1986. Harvard has won the last five matches, four of which were one-goal affairs and two that needed extra time. Last year, Brooke Dickens registered a game-winning tally with just five seconds remaining in regulation to give the Crimson a 1-0 win on Senior Day.
Scouting Columbia (8-5-3, 1-3-2)
Columbia sits at 8-5-3 overall, winning two of its last four matches, and ranks sixth in the Ivy League with five points. Beverly Leon paces the Lions with 22 points off eight goals and six assists. Four netminders have seen action for Columbia, as Grace Redmond and Allison Spencer have spent the most time between the pipes. Redmond (3-2-1) owns a 1.14 GAA with 39 saves in 633 minutes, while Spencer (1-3-2) has notched a 1.48 GAA with 39 saves in 670 minutes.
Ancient Eight Accolades
Freshman forward Margaret "Midge" Purce was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week Monday after scoring a goal and assisting on the game winner Saturday.
It marked the fifth-straight week that Harvard has earned a nod from the league. Purce earns her second weekly honor after being named both Player and Rookie of the Week Oct. 14.
Just Win Baby Win
After stumbling to a 0-3 start, the Crimson is unbeaten over the last 13 games, dating back to Sept. 11. The 13-match unbeaten streak matches the longest since 1999 (9/18-11/6, 13 games). The six-straight wins (Sept. 15-Oct. 5) marked the longest streak for the Crimson since 2009, when Harvard matched that number. Harvard has also won five-straight matches.
The Crimson holds a 20-4-5 home record since moving to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Down But Not Out
Harvard's opponent has scored first in seven matches this season, but the Crimson has rallied to tie or win four times (2-3-2), including against Brown Oct. 19. Harvard has failed to score just once through 16 matches this season.
Share the Wealth
Fourteen (14) Crimson athletes have registered two-plus points this season. Six Harvard players – Laura Aguilar, Joan Fleischman, Kristina Garrido, Marie Margolius, Midge Purce and Karly Zlatic – have recorded their first career points this season.
Depth in Net
Three goalkeepers have started between the pipes for the Crimson and will rotate in net. Junior Cheta Emba has started eight games, maintaining a 0.16 GAA with 16 saves (551 minutes). Freshman Lizzie Durack (5-0) – coming off a UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – has earned two shutouts in 2013 and has logged 598 minutes with a 0.75 GAA. Junior Bethany Kanten has earned five starts in seven games played, seeing 339 minutes in net and posting a 1.86 goals against average.
Nine of Harvard's 16 matches have been decided by one goal or have ended in a draw.