Women's Soccer Hosts Yale Saturday, Looks to Grab First Ivy Win

Women's Soccer Hosts Yale Saturday, Looks to Grab First Ivy Win

Sophomore defender Taryn Kurcz and the Crimson welcome Yale to Ohiri Field Saturday (photo courtesy of David Silverman).

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Ivy League Standings
Baskind Named Ivy League Player of the Week

The Game:
Harvard looks to grab its first Ivy League victory of the season, as the Crimson hosts archrival Yale.  Head coach Ray Leone and his squad enter the weekend at 3-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the Ivy League after falling at Penn Sept. 24.  The Bulldogs stand at 3-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the Ancient Eight after dropping its conference opener to Princeton, 1-0, Sept. 25.

Follow From Home:
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's home game against Yale.

About Harvard:
The Crimson has won two of its last three games and has scored eight goals during that stretch.  Harvard is also 1-1-1 at home this season after defeating Rhode Island, 2-1, Sept. 17.

Katherine Sheeleigh (4-4-12) and Melanie Baskind (5-1-11) have tallied nine of the Crimson's 13 goals this year and rank first and second on the team in scoring.  In two games last weekend, Baskind scored three goals and added an assist for seven points, while Sheeleigh netted two goals and handed out two assists for six points. Peyton Johnson (2-1-5) and Patricia Yau (1-2-4) have also had the scoring touch this fall.

Jessica Wright has started the last four games for Harvard in net and is 2-2 with a 2.36 goals-against average and 22 saves. Alexandra Millet has also seen significant time in goal for Harvard and boasts a 1-2-1 record with one shutout, to go along with a 1.76 goals-against mark and 17 saves.

Opponents are outscoring Harvard, 17-13, but the rimson have a sizable edge in corner kicks, 54-41.

About Yale:
The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-2 victory at home against Marist Sept. 28. Yale is 0-3-0 in road contests, while the squad owns a 3-2-1 home record. Opponents have scored 15 goals, while Yale has  tallied nine scores.  

With three goals and an assist, Becky Brown paces Yale in scoring with seven points.  Emma Mullo and Juliann Jeffrey are tied for the team lead with two assists apiece.  Brown, Natalie Romine and Miyuki Hino have tallied game-winning scores this fall.

Ayana Sumiyasu has started eight of Yale's games and boasts a 3-4-1 record with one shutout. She also owns a 1.43 goals-against average and 45 saves.

A History Lesson:
Harvard and Yale have played 35 times, and the Crimson controls the all-time lead in the series, 26-8-1.  Harvard has won the last two games between the schools, including a 3-2 victory in New Haven last fall.

Moving On Up:
With 14 points this season, Katherine Sheeleigh now ranks sixth in program history with 66 points in her career.  She also stands sixth with 26 goals, only two behind Joey Yenne '03 for fifth on the all-time chart.

She's Honored:
With her seven-point effort in two games last weekend, Melanie Baskind was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Week Sept. 27. Baskind scored twice at Penn and added a goal and assist at Massachusetts Sept. 26

Coming Up:
The Crimson will play at Fairfield Tuesday, Oct. 5, before welcoming Cornell for an Ivy League matchup at Ohiri Field Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.