Harvard Women's Soccer Looks to Continue Momentum, Hosts Cornell Saturday

Emily Mosbacher tallied the game-winner at New Hampshire Tuesday evening (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard women's soccer team looks to keep pace in the Ivy League title hunt, as the team hosts Cornell Saturday at noon.

Harvard (5-3-2, 1-1 Ivy) heads into the weekend tied for fourth in the Ancient Eight, while Cornell (1-10, 0-2 Ivy) stands tied for sixth. The Crimson carried its second two-game win streak of the season into the game, while the Big Red is coming off its first victory of the season, having defeated Lafayette, 4-1, Tuesday.

The Series:
In 31 all-time meetings between the Ivy League rivals, Harvard holds a commanding 21-3-7 lead in the series against Cornell. 

Since 1993, the Crimson owns a 15-0-3 record against the Big Red, winning seven straight between 1996 and 2002, and again from 2003-10. Last year, the two teams tied, 2-2, in Ithaca, N.Y. 

About Harvard:
Taryn Kurcz (3-0-6) paces Harvard with three goals, and while Peyton Johnson (2-5-9) is the team leader in goals and points. Elizabeth Weisman, Meg Casscells-Hamby, Emily Mosbacher and Johnson have each scored two goals on the year

In net, Bethany Kanten boasts a 4-3-2 overall record and has 37 saves, a 1.41 goals-against average and a .755 save percentage. She also owns three clean sheets on the year, having shut out Massachusetts, Central Connecticut State and Yale.

Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 16-15, but Harvard owns an advantage in shots, 174-135, and in corner kicks earned, 50-41. 

About Cornell:
The Big Red snapped a 10-game losing streak to open the season by amassing a season-high four goals in a win at home over Lafayette Tuesday. 

Maneesha Chitanvis scored two goals in the win and now leads Cornell with four goals, while Xandra Hompe has a team-best 10 points on three goals and four helpers. 

Tori Christ has seen most of the time in goal for the Big Red and has 56 saves, to go along with a 2.73 goals-against average.

Cornell has tallied 14 goals on the year, but has surrendered 31 scores by opponents. The Big Red has earned 57 corner kicks, compared to 65 for the opposition.

Home Cooking:
Harvard. which went 10-1 at home during the 2011 season, is now 1-2-2 at home this year after beating Yale, 1-0, in overtime Oct. 29.

March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone needs only three victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 247-134-38 (.635) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday afternoon.

In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 55-31-11 (.624) mark. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored 11 of its 15 goals this season in the second half or overtime of contests. Opponents, meanwhile, have tallied nine of their 16 goals in the first half, outscoring Harvard, 9-4, in the opening half.

Coming Up:
The Crimson will visit Brown Saturday, Oct. 13 for a 4 p.m. conference showdown. Harvard will then host Holy Cross Tuesday, Oct. 16 before traveling to face Princeton Saturday, Oct. 20.