The Crimson looks to keep the top spot in the Ivy League this weekend. (Penny Ashford)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team looks to tighten its grip on its first place Ivy League standing this weekend as the Crimson (9-3-2, 4-0-1 Ivy) travel to Hanover, New Hampshire, to take on second-place Dartmouth (6-4-4, 2-0-3 Ivy) in a crucial showdown.
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The State of the League
With 13 points, Harvard owns a four-point lead over Dartmouth with two games left on the docket, making this weekend vital for both clubs. Behind the Big Green in second sits Columbia and Princeton tied in third with seven points (2-2-1), Yale with six points (1-1-3), Brown with five (1-2-2), Penn with four (1-3-1) and Cornell with three (1-4).
The Crimson has had a tremendous year to this point in its quest to repeat as Ivy League champions. Sitting at 4-0-1 in League play, Harvard has gone unbeaten against the Ancient Eight over its last 13 contests (12-0-1) dating back to the 2012 season.
This year's edition of Harvard women's soccer has seen superb individual and team performances, the latter of which shone through in the recent win at Princeton. In a wild, back-and-forth affair, one which featured seven second-half goals, the Crimson escaped New Jersey with a 5-4 victory on the back of a pair of Bethany Kanten goals and a Margaret Purce penalty kick in the 81st minute. It was a complete team effort, however, as the emotional outing tested each third of the field, as the Crimson came away victorious.
Purce added her sixth tally of the season in that game, a team-best to go along with her 14 points (6g, 2a). Senior co-captain Meg Casscells-Hamby has been stellar all year along the midfield, racking up 10 points on three goals and four assists. Emily Mosbacher has four goals on the year, one of which was a game winner, while Kanten and freshman Dani Stollar have accounted for three goals apiece. Both Brooke Dickens and Joan Fleischman have added a pair of tallies, while Lauren Urke and Mia Bladin round out the Crimson scorers.
Between the posts, a lethal tandem of Lizzie Durack and Cheta Emba roam the goal line. Though Durack conceded four goals against the Tigers on Saturday, the sophomore's goals against average remains under one per game at 0.99, while Emba's 0.40 GAA in eight starts places her atop the League standings. Emba also adds 25 saves, while Durack has stopped 15 shots. The duo has combined for nine total shutouts on the year as well.
At 6-4-4 (2-0-3 Ivy), the Big Green has had a thorough season. After dropping a pair of contests in Washington state to Portland and the University of Washington, Dartmouth enjoyed a five-game unbeaten streak at 3-0-2 during that time. But after Ivy play began, the Big Green slipped to 0-2-2 in its next four contests, before righting the ship; the squad currently sits on a three-game win streak, shutting out Penn (2-0) Columbia (1-0) and Marist (1-0) in consecutive outings.
Lucielle Kozlov's five tallies leads the way for the Big Green, adding an assist for 11 points. Tasha Wilkins owns four goals on the year, two of which have clinched games for Dartmouth. Corey Delaney has tallied two goals, and adds three assists, while Lindsay Knutson (1g, 3a) and Meredith Gurnee (1g, 3a) round out the top Dartmouth scorers.
In net, Tatiana Saunders has been stellar for the Big Green. She's picked up a 4-4-4 record, but has kept Dartmouth in every game in which she's been the starter, racking up 44 saves (.830) and yielding just nine goals (0.70 GAA), earning six clean sheets.
After the trip to Dartmouth, the Crimson awaits Columbia in the season finale next week, when Harvard will celebrate Senior Day for its seven seniors.