The Crimson looks to keep the momentum rolling with a pair of nonconference games this week. (Photo: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After back-to-back wins on the road, the Harvard women's soccer team looks for one more before it returns home, this time against Ivy League foe, Penn. The Crimson (5-2) travels to Philadelphia on Saturday to take on the Quakers (3-1-2) at 7 p.m. Following Saturday's game, Harvard will play host to UMass (2-5-2) Monday night at 7 p.m.
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Following a pair of tough defeats at Boston College and versus Colgate, Harvard rebounded very well on the road at New Hampshire and LIU-Brooklyn. The Crimson took care of the Wildcats in a thrilling double overtime contest, 1-0, before taking control and staging a thorough 5-0 victory over the Blackbirds last weekend.
In a back-and-forth affair last Thursday, Harvard and UNH went more than 101 scoreless minutes before Brooke Dickens broke through with a header off a Meg Casscells-Hamby corner to win it. The following Sunday, the Crimson dominated LIU-Brooklyn with ease. Harvard put up three scores in the first half thanks to fine defensive play and an efficient attack. Cassells-Hamby struck first for Harvard just 7:38 in, followed by the first of Emily Mosbacher's two scores on the day just three minutes later.
From there, Lauren Urke and Joan Fleischman got in on the scoring action with late first- and second-half goals, respectively. Over the two games, the Crimson keepers were stout to keep both opponents off the board. Both Lizze Durack and Cheta Emba split equal time, combining to save all five shots they faced over the two-game stretch. The Crimson defense earned its keep as well, especially against LIU, which managed just one shot on target all game.
The Quakers come into the weekend dual after a 1-0-1 week on the road. Penn played VCU to a scoreless draw on Friday, before downing Delaware, 1-0, on Sunday. A win over Mount St. Mary's to start the year, Penn defeated Old Dominion in a lengthy two overtime showdown, before suffering its first loss of the year against William & Mary.
All six Penn goals this season have come off the foot of six different Quakers; Lindsey Sawczuk leads the team with three points, scoring a goal and an assist. Kristen Miller and Kaitlyn Moore each have a game winning goal this season to boot.
Both Katherine Myhre and Kalijah Terilli have split near-equal time between the posts. Terilli owns a 1.13 goals allowed average, letting in four over 320 minutes, but has 17 saves for an .810 percentage and a 2-1-1 record. Myhre is 1-0-1, letting in just two scores while making seven saves.
The Minutewomen enter the Monday showdown with a 2-5-2 record, including a pair of double-overtime wins over Bryant (1-0) and New Hampshire (2-1). Most recently, UMass fell to Connecticut, 5-0, and Brown, 2-0, after drawing with Northeastern.
Megan Burke and Jackie Bruno form a deadly duo for UMass, combining for five of the Minutewomen's six goals this season. One of Burke's three have come off a penalty kick, while the other won the game versus Bryant.
In goal, Danielle Kiscenski owns a 1.49 GAA, while she's made 32 saves to earn a 1-5-2 record. Cassidy Babin has seen time in two contests, picking up a win in the 2-1 victory over UNH.
After the pair of games Saturday and Monday, Harvard will host Yale at 4 p.m. to start Ivy League play. The following Wednesday BU pays a visit before Cornell comes to town on Saturday.