The Crimson looks to remain undefeated in Ivy play this Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Holding the top spot in the Ivy League standings, the Harvard women's soccer team aims for some separation on Saturday as the Crimson heads to Providence to take on Brown in a 7 p.m. affair at Stevenson Field. Harvard (7-3-2, 2-0-1) is looking to remain unbeaten in its 12th consecutive Ancient Eight contest.
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Last Time Out
After a tough loss to a tough Boston University squad on Oct. 8, the Crimson rebounded the following Saturday with a thorough 2-0 win over Cornell to improve to 2-0-1 in conference play. Meg Casscells-Hamby, who was returning after missing the two games prior, had three points on the afternoon with a well-placed header and an assist. Her helper came first on Dani Stollar's second goal of the season late in the first half, while her own tally came at the 53-minute mark off a nice cross and setup from Emily Mosbacher.
The Total Package
Though offensive production dipped for just a couple of games, the Harvard attack has been fairly solid all season, scoring 18 goals – second most in the League behind Princeton's 19. Margaret Purce leads the charge with her four tallies, the third-highest goal count among Ancient Eight scorers. Emily Mosbacher has been thorough as well, registering three marks on the season, tied with Meg Casscells-Hamby. Brooke Dickens and Dani Stollar each have a pair of goals, while Mia Bladin, Joan Fleischman, Bethany Kanten and Lauren Urke all have markers as well.
Defensively, Harvard boasts arguably the best back line in the conference, as the Crimson has allowed just seven goals in 12 games behind an Ivy-best seven shutouts. Bailey Gary and Alika Keene are the only two Crimson to start all 12 contests, anchoring the back line that includes the rotating play of co-captain Marie Margolius, Erika Garcia, and freshmen Marie Becker and Mia Bladin.
Behind the stout defense stands a pair of fierce keepers in Cheta Emba and Lizzie Durack. Though Kanten stepped in admirably against BU last week, Emba and Durack have combined to post seven clean sheets, allowing just five goals between the two, combining for 32 saves. Durack holds a 0.40 goals against average, second best in the Ivy League, followed by Emba's 0.46 in third. The duo is Nos. 2 and 4 among eligible Ancient Eight keepers in save percentage as well.
At 5-5-3, Brown enters the weekend clash ranked sixth in the Ivy standings with its 0-1-2 conference mark. The Bears started the season off strong with a couple of quality wins over St. John's and Delaware, while adding victories over UMass, Bryant and Quinnipiac along the way. Its two Ivy draws have come against Dartmouth (1-1) and Columbia (2-2), while it most recently dropped a 5-0 game at Princeton, before drawing Marist, 1-1.
Chloe Cross has been stunning for Brown so far this season, registering 12 points off six goals in her senior campaign. Both Erin Katz (3g) and Mikela Waldman (1g, 4a) sit closely behind in the point race, while nine other Bears have tallied at least a point in 2014.
Brown keeper Mallory Yant has let in 17 goals in 12 games this season for a 1.44 GAA, turning aside 40 shots to pick up a 4-5-3 record on the season.
Following its showdown with Brown, Harvard will keep its bags packed for consecutive weekend trips to Princeton and Dartmouth, before hosting Columbia in the season finale.