No. 5/12 BC Visits Harvard Women's Soccer Saturday Evening

Lauren Varela is one of nine Crimson players to have scored a goal this fall (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard women's soccer team looks to continue its strong start, as the Crimson welcomes No. 5/12 Boston College to the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Crimson sports a 3-1-1 record, while the Eagles enter the game at 6-0-2.

Best Start Since 2001:
With its 3-1-1 mark, Harvard is off to its best start in more than a decade. The Crimson went 4-1 back in 2001. 

The Series:
Harvard leads the all-time series against Boston College, 19-11-4. In recent meetings, the Eagles have controlled the play against the Crimson, going 5-0-1 against Harvard since 2005. 

About Harvard:
The Crimson scored three goals for the second straight game, as Harvard knocked off Quinnipiac, 3-0, Wednesday.

Taryn Kurcz paces Harvard with three goals, while eight other Crimson players have found the back of the net with a tally apiece. Peyton Johnson is tied with Kurcz for the team lead with six points, as she has dished out four assists.In net, Bethany Kanten stands at 3-1-1 with one clean sheet, a 1.27 goals-against average and a .800 save percentage.

Harvard is outscoring teams, 11-6, including 6-1 in the last two games. The Crimson also owns an edge in corner kicks earned, 30-26. 

About No. 5/12 Boston College:
The Eagles are coming off a 5-1 win at home against Clemson Thursday evening, as BC outshot the Tigers, by a 26-3 margin.

Through eight games, Kristen Mewis leads the team with six goals, six assists and 18 points. McKenzie Meehan has added five goals and an assist for 11 points, while Stephanie McCaffrey has notched four tallies.

Alexa Gaul has seen most of the time in net for BC and is 4-0-2 with a 0.87 goals-against mark and a .750 save percentage. 

BC is outscoring opponents, 23-8, including 14-5 in the second half. The Eagles also have a sizable advantage in shots, 153-66, and corner kicks, 68-24. BC owns a 3-0-1 record on the road and has the same mark at home.

March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone needs only seven victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 245-132-37 (.643) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday evening. In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 53-29-10 (.630) 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 11 goals this season in the second half of contests, including two in its win over Quinnipiac and all three in its victory at Colgate Sept. 9. 

Coming Up:
The Crimson begins Ivy League play by visiting Penn Friday, Sept. 21 for a 5 p.m. game. Harvard will next play at home Wednesday, Sept. 26, when the team hosts Central Connecticut State at 7 p.m.