Harvard won its third Ivy title in four years in 2016 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kicking off the 2017 campaign after claiming the Ivy League title in 2016, Harvard women's soccer is set to host Providence August 25 at Ohiri Field. The action is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- A plethora of top contributors from 2016 are back for Harvard, including senior Dani Stollar, who was a first team All-Ivy honoree a year ago. Junior Leah Mohammadi is the Crimson's top-returning scorer with nine points, including a team-best five assists, while senior Caroline Chagares and junior Zayne Matulis each tallied two points.
- The class of 2018 has a career Ivy League record of 15-2-4, including two Ancient Eight titles.
- The Crimson will play seven home games in 2017, with Providence, Boston College and Quinnipiac joining four Ivy schools in visiting Cambridge.
A Year Ago
Harvard went 10-4-3 in 2016, claiming the program's third Ivy League title in the past four seasons. The Crimson finished the regular season unbeaten in its last 63 days, posting four shutouts over the 11-game stretch. Chris Hamblin was named the Ivy Coach of the Year, while Margaret Purce '17 was the Ivy Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-America. Overall, the Crimson led the Ivy League with six players earning All-Ivy honors.
A defensive juggernaut over the past few seasons, Harvard returns a strong core from the 2016 squad. Seniors Marie Becker, Dani Stollar and Candy Janachowski anchor a defensive line that allowed just three goals in Ivy play a year ago. Midfielders Zayne Matulis, Caroline Chagares and Leah Mohammadi also aided in the defensive effort while also providing a spark offensively from the center of the pitch.
Providence posted an 11-7-2 mark a year ago, including a 5-3-1 mark in BIG EAST play, but are 0-2-0 to start 2017. Casey Estey leads all returning scorers with 10 points from 2016, including a team-high six assists, while Juliana Pellegrini contributed a trio of goals.
Harvard leads the all-time series against Providence, 8-3-2, including a 3-1 win on the road a year ago.
The Class of 2021
Adding to a highly-successful program that captured its third Ivy title in four years in 2016, Harvard women's soccer announced the program's incoming class of 2021 over the summer: Murphy Agnew, Maria DiMartinis, Cammie Dopke, Linda Liedel, Chamberlain Mathis, Sammy Murrell and Lauren Raimondo.
Full release: Women's Soccer Announces Class of 2021
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 18-8-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard was 5-1-2 at home in 2016 with four shutouts.
Continuing to play at an elite level following a dynamic career at Harvard, Margaret Purce '17 was called up to the United States senior Women's National Soccer team for the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Purce became the first player in program history to earn a call up to the national level with the United States.
At the Helm
Chris Hamblin is in his second season as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. Hamblin was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year in his inaugural season, helping the Crimson to the Ivy League title with a 10-4-3 overall record, including an unbeaten 5-0-2 mark in Ancient Eight action.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Harvard hits the road for the first time in 2017 when it visits Northeastern Aug. 29 for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be broadcast by GoNUxstream.