Harvard at Boston College
The Crimson will face BC on the road and Colgate at home this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hoping to continue its early success in 2014, the Harvard women's soccer team is ready for two more grinding nonconference games this weekend. The Crimson (3-0-0) will take the field against crosstown rival Boston College (6-1-0) on Friday in Chestnut Hill, and Colgate (3-1-1) on Sunday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
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Last Time Out
After an opening weekend where the Crimson yielded no goals, Harvard had itself another test in Rhode Island. A goal within the first three minutes for Brooke Dickens set the pace for the high-scoring affair. Beth Kanten then gave the Crimson a 2-0 lead with a booming 30-yard free kick from the middle of the field, but URI came back with a vengeance to score twice in 36 seconds to knot things at 2-2. But Meg Casscells-Hamby secured the 3-2 win early in the second half, beating a defender for a clean-break goal.
Youth Is Served
The talented Class of 2018 has strut its stuff already this season, with three first-year players earning starting spots, in Dani Stollar, Marie Becker and Mia Bladin. Stollar earned her first career start and goal in the first night, scoring the eventual game winner against San Francisco in the season opener.
The sophomore class is not to be outdone, however, as Bailey Gary, Margaret Purce and Lizzie Durack all have played invaluable minutes as well. Purce has tallied a pair of goals, both coming against Providence, while Gary plays stout defense in the back and Durack has 135 minutes of scoreless goaltending.
On the Road Again…
In its first eight games, the Crimson is home just twice, making for a travel-heavy September. Last season, Harvard finished an impressive 6-2-1 away from Soliders Field, and has gone 2-0 so far in 2014. After the trip to BC and the home game against Colgate, the Crimson trek to New Hampshire, Long Island and Penn to close out the opening month.
The Eagles come into the Friday showdown riding a five-game win streak, outscoring their opponents 14-2 during that stretch. The lone defeat BC has suffered has come by the hands of Boston University in a narrow, 2-1, loss in August. On the attack, the duo of Stephanie McCaffrey and Hayley Dowd lead the way with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Dowd leads all scorers with five goals, while McCaffrey checks in with four tallies.
In goal, Alex Johnson has been the main stalwart, racking up 24 saves and a minute 0.57 GAA (four goals) in seven starts.
After a 1-1-1 start, the Raiders have reeled off two in a row with victories versus Vermont (3-1) and UMass Lowell (2-0). Colgate has been able to spread the ball around early and often this year, with six different scorers, led by Emily Chrichlow's pair of scores. In goal, the Raiders sport Brenna Mason, who has yielded just four goals (0.77 GAA) and racked up 26 saves.