Women’s Soccer Ends Road Swing at Cornell

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Meg Casscells-Hamby has started 10 of 11 matches this season.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ending a four-game road stretch, Harvard women's soccer heads to Cornell Saturday, Oct. 12 for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Berman Field. The Crimson looks to extend its eight-game unbeaten streak and earn its third Ivy League win against the Big Red. 

Last Time Out
Behind a first-half goal from freshman forward Margaret Purce, Harvard knotted Boston University, 1-1, Tuesday night at Nickerson Field. It marked Purce's team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Just Win Baby Win
After stumbling to a 0-3 start, the Crimson has ripped off six victories over the last eight games, posting a 6-0-2 record. The six-straight wins marked the longest streak for the Crimson since 2009, when Harvard matched that number from Sept. 26-Oct. 20. 

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Fresh Faces
Six Crimson freshmen have started at least one game this season, led by Bailey Gary who has started all 11 at back. Eight rookies have seen action with freshmen Margaret Purce (15) and Karly Zlatic (six) sit atop the team lead in points. Freshmen and sophomores have combined for 30 of the Crimson's 52 points through 11 games this season.

Share the Wealth
Thirteen (13) Crimson athletes have registered a point this season. Six Harvard players – Laura Aguilar, Joan Fleischman, Kristina Garrido, Marie Margolius, Purce and Zlatic – have recorded their first career points this season.

Depth in Net
Three goalkeepers have started between the pipes for the Crimson and will rotate in net. Junior Cheta Emba has started four games, maintaining a 0.22 GAA with 10 saves (400 minutes). Freshman Lizzie Durack (2-0) – coming off a UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – has earned two shutouts in 2013 and has logged 360 minutes with a 0.75 GAA. Junior Bethany Kanten has earned four starts, seeing 270 minutes in net and posting a 1.67 goals against average.

All-Time Against the Big Red
Harvard boasts a 21-3-8 all-time series advantage over Cornell in a series dating back to 1980. The Crimson has won 15 of the last 19 meetings (since 1994) and owns a 15-0-4 record over that span. The last two meetings have ended in draws, including last season's 1-1 match at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Scouting Cornell (7-3-1, 1-1)
Cornell, off to its best start since 2003, has won six or its last eight games, including a 1-0 victory over Delaware State in its last time out. Cornell sits at 1-1 in conference play, defeating Columbia and falling to Penn. Freshman Elizabeth Crowell paces the Big Red with 10 points on three goals and four assists. Rookie Kelsey Tierney has started six matches in net, owning a 4-2 record with a 0.44 GAA and two shutouts. In his second season, head coach Patrick Farmer came to Cornell from the University of Wisconsin and owns an overall record of 8-17-2 with the Big Red.

Close Calls
Seven of Harvard's 11 matches have been decided by one goal or have ended in a draw.

Looking Ahead
Harvard will be home for the next two matches, hosting Brown on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. on Soldiers Field.