Harvard is in search of its second-straight Ivy victory (BU Athletics).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Cambridge for the first of three-consecutive Ivy League games at home, Harvard women's soccer welcomes Brown for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Ohiri Field. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- Harvard earned its first Ivy League victory a week ago at Cornell, using goals from Niki Young, Dani Stollar and Lauren Raimondo to surpass the Big Red, 3-1.
- Junior Leah Mohammadi leads the Crimson with four goals on the season, including three game-winners, while five other players have found the back of the net. Freshman Murphy Agnew and Stollar have each netted a pair of scores.
- Harvard is unbeaten over the last eight meetings with Brown, going 7-0-1 over the span.
Last Time Out
Coming up shy in a defensive battle, Harvard women's soccer fell to Boston University, 1-0, on Wednesday evening at Nickerson Field.
Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess were strong in goal, making four and three saves, respectively. The Crimson offense totaled six shots by five players, including two by sophomore Kimaya Cole.
Harvard is 7-6 on the season, with five of its wins coming in shutout fashion. Leah Mohammadi leads the team with four goals and 10 points, while Murphy Agnew and Dani Stollar have chipped in nine and five points of their own. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have split time in goal, making 30 saves apiece with a combined goals-against average of just 0.91.
The Bears are 8-4 on the season, including a 1-2 mark in Ivy League play. Mikela Waldman leads the team with seven goals and 18 points, while Star White and Celia Story have four goals each. Christine Etzel has started every game between the posts, making 47 saves with a 1.14 goals-against average.
Harvard leads the series history with Brown, 27-18-4, and are unbeaten over the last eight meetings. Last year's bout in Providence was a 1-1 tie.
News & Notes
- Junior Danielle Etzel was featured by the Ivy League Oct. 12 about playing against her twin sister, Brown's Christine Etzel.
- Lizzie Durack '17 earned an opening day start for Everton in September.
- Harvard women's soccer garnered a team academic award from United Soccer Coaches.
Rookie of the Week
Following a torrid week on the field, freshman Murphy Agnew was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 11-17.
Agnew played a significant role in all three Harvard contests, recording one goal and three assists for five points – a mark that led the Ivy League over the past week. The attacker kicked off the week with a two-assist performance against Quinnipiac, and continued with her second-career goal at Villanova. Agnew capped the weekend with a third assist against Seton Hall, setting up classmate Linda Liedel for her first-career score.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 20-9-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 3-1 with two shutouts in 2017.
Continuing to play at an elite level following a dynamic career at Harvard, Margaret Purce '17 was called up to the United States senior Women's National Soccer team for the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Purce became the first player in program history to earn a call up to the national level with the United States.
At the Helm
Chris Hamblin is in his second season as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. Hamblin was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year in his inaugural season, helping the Crimson to the Ivy League title with a 10-4-3 overall record, including an unbeaten 5-0-2 mark in Ancient Eight action.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Harvard hosts No. 11 Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Jordan Field. The 1 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.