Harvard topped Providence in its season opener (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for the first time in 2017, Harvard women's soccer will take a short trip to crosstown rival Northeastern for a 6:30 p.m. clash on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The game will be broadcast on GoNUxstream.
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.
- In its own unofficial Beanpot, the Crimson is set to face all three Boston Division I programs this season: Northeastern (Aug. 29), Boston College (Sept. 6) and Boston University (Oct. 11).
Last Time Out
Opening the season with a strong defensive performance, Harvard women's soccer earned a 1-0 victory over Providence on Friday at Ohiri Field.
Junior Leah Mohammadi gave Harvard (1-0-0) the lead in the second half, scoring her third-career goal direct from a corner kick in the 68th minute. The Crimson offense outshot the Friars (0-3-0) by a 9-8 margin, with an 8-to-2 advantage in the second half. Junior Danielle Etzel and Kat Hess combined for the shutout in goal, making three and two saves, respectively.
A defensive juggernaut over the past few seasons, Harvard (1-0) returns a strong core from the 2016 squad. After posting seven shutouts in 2016, seniors Marie Becker, Dani Stollar and Candy Janachowski and sophomore Kimaya Cole helped Harvard to a shutout in the opener against Providence.
The Huskies are 3-1 to start the season, including a 1-0 mark at home. Carly Wilhelm holds the team lead with two goals, while Hannah Lopiccolo and Lizzie George have each tallied a pair of assists. Nathalie Nidetch has played every minute in goal, making 11 saves with three shutouts.
Harvard leads the all-time series against Northeastern, 3-0-2, last meeting twice in 2008. The Crimson won the only previous meeting at Northeastern, 1-0, in 2007.
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 198-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 1-0 at home in 2017.
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 heads to New Britain, Connecticut to take part in the Central Connecticut State Tournament. The Crimson opens with the host Blue Devils Sept. 1 at 7 p.m., and takes on St. John's Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. The games will be broadcast on NEC Front Row.