Harvard Women's Soccer Visits Princeton in Critical Ivy Contest Saturday

Harvard Women's Soccer Visits Princeton in Critical Ivy Contest Saturday

Marie Margolius and the Crimson are 4-0-2 in their last six games (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard women's soccer team travels to Princeton, N.J. to face the first-place Tigers Saturday evening. With three conference games remaining, Harvard sits in fourth place with a 2-1-1 conference mark and seven points, while Princeton stands alone in first at 4-0-0 with 12 points.

Harvard, which is coming off a 4-0 win over Holy Cross at home boasts a 7-3-3 overall record, while the Tigers are 9-3-1.

Ivy League Title Race:
With three Ancient Eight games left, Harvard (2-1-1) trails Princeton (4-0-0) by five points and is in fourth place. Dartmouth (3-1-0) and Penn (3-1-0) are tied for second with nine points each, while Columbia (2-2-0) is in fifth with six points.

After visiting Princeton Saturday, Harvard will play at Dartmouth Oct. 28 and host Columbia Nov. 3 on Senior Day. Harvard needs a win or a tie against Princeton to remain alive in the conference title race.

The Series:
Harvard and Princeton have met 36 times, with the Crimson holding a commanding 26-9-1 lead in the all-time series which began in 1977.

The Crimson has won four of the last five against the Tigers, including a 4-0 decision at Princeton in 2010 and a 2-1 victory in Cambridge last year.

About Harvard:
With three goals and two assists in the last two games, Meg Casscells-Hamby leads Harvard with six tallies and 15 points on the season. Elizabeth Weisman (4-1-9) and Peyton Johnson (2-5-9) are tied for second in scoring, while Taryn Kurcz has contributed four goals.

Goalkeeper Bethany Kanten has started 12 games and is 6-3-3 with three shutouts. She also has made 40 saves and owns a .741 save percentage and 1.21 goals-against average.

Harvard has outscored teams, 24-18, and holds a sizable advantage in shots, 235-164, and corner kicks, 65-51.

Entering the week, Harvard ranked 96th in the nation with 1.67 goals per game, while Peyton Johnson stood 69th overall among individual players with 0.42 assists per contest.

About Princeton:
The Tigers, who have rattled off seven consecutive victories, are 5-1-1 at home this year and 2-0 against conference foes at home.

Jen Hoy, who ranks first in the nation with 1.15 goals per game and third with 2.38 points per game, has tallied 15 goals and amassed 31 points on the year. Lauren Lazo (4-4-12) and Caitlin Blosser (3-4-10) have also accumulated double digit point totals.

In net, Claire Pinciaro has started 10 games and boasts a record of 8-1 with three clean sheets. She also sports a 1.17 goals-against mark and a .787 save percentage, while making 37 saves.

Princeton, which ranks seventh in offense nationally, has outscored the opposition, 35-22, while outshooting foes, 190-148. Opponents have an edge in corner kicks, 66-54.

March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone now needs only one victory to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 249-134-38 (.637) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday.

In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 57-31-12 (.630) mark. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored 19 of its 24 goals this season in the second half or overtime of contests. Opponents, meanwhile, have tallied exactly nine goals in each half, and are outscoring Harvard, 9-5, in the opening half of games. The Crimson has scored four goals in the second half of the last two contests against Brown and Holy Cross.

Coming Up:
Harvard will complete its non-conference slate by hosting Brown in a non-Ivy matchup Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.