Women's Soccer Hosts Penn in Ivy League Opener Saturday

Women's Soccer Hosts Penn in Ivy League Opener Saturday

Pictured: Freshman defender Taryn Kurcz and the Crimson look to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday.
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The Game:
The Crimson hosts Penn for the Ivy League opener for both teams. Saturday’s game is also Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Day at Ohiri Field.

Live Statistics:
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.

Series History:
The Crimson owns a 14-4-2 lead in the all-time series against the Quakers, which dates back to the 1982 season. Penn has taken the last two games, including a 2-0 win last season. In that contest, the 2008 conference opener, Lauren Mann made two saves.

About Harvard:
Katherine Sheeleigh, who has Harvard’s game-winning tally this season, paces the squad with five points on two goals and an assist. Caroline Albanese also has two goals, while Lizzy Nichols (one goal, one assist) and Hana Taiji (one goal) have also found the back of the net.

Lauren Mann has played all 650 minutes in net and sports a 1.94 goals-against average and a .708 save percentage, having stopped 34 of 48 shots faced.

The Crimson holds a slight edge, 36-35, in corner kicks, but has been outshot by oppnents, 115-99. Harvard has tallied three goals in each half this season.

About Penn:
The Quakers are coming off a 3-3 tie against Georgetown Sunday. Jessica Fuccello tallied all three Penn goals, while goalkeeper
Caroline Williams recorded 10 saves in net.

Fuccello has scored a team-best eight goals and has amassed 16 points to lead Penn in scoring. Michelle Drugan (two goals, two assists) and Marin McDermott (two goals) are second and third, respectively, in points, while Theresa Yankovich has dished out three assists.

In goal, Williams owns a 3-1-2 record with one shutout, a 1.37 goals-against average and a .769 save percentage (30 of 39). Penn has outscored teams, 14-9, despite being outshot, 81-71.

Score Early:
Harvard is 1-0-1 when scoring first this season, but 0-5 when the opponent finds the back of the net first.

Mann Moving Up:
With 31 saves so far this season, Lauren Mann has 252 in her stellar Harvard career, placing her fifth on the all-time Crimson list. Mann currently stands 14 saves behind Beth Reilly ’91, while Mann trails Harvard assistant coach Katie Shields ’06 by 22 saves for third place.

Finishing Strong:
The Crimson has won 10 games the last two seasons and owned an eight-game unbeaten streak entering last year’s postseason, going 7-0-1.

Coming Up:
Harvard hosts Holy Cross in a non-conference matchup Tuesday evening at Cumnock Turf. The team will then resume Ivy League play by visiting archrival Yale Saturday, Oct. 3.