Harvard Women’s Soccer Opens Ivy League Play at Penn Friday Afternoon

Bethany Kanten has made 28 saves in Harvard's first six games (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
After beginning the year with a 3-2-1 record, the Harvard women's soccer team opens conference play by visiting Penn in the Ivy League opener for both teams Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.

The Crimson has won all three of its road games this fall, while the Quakers are 3-3 overall, including 2-1 at home in Philadelphia.

Follow From Home:
Live video will be available with a subscription for Friday's game. Fans can also follow along with live statistics.

Defending the Ivy:
Harvard won its 10th Ivy League title last fall and has taken three of the last four conference crowns in the Ancient Eight. 

The Series:
Harvard and Penn have met 23 times since 1982, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 16-5-2. The Quakers have taken three of the last five meetings between the two conference rivals, but last year, the Crimson emerged with a 2-0 victory in Cambridge.

About Harvard:
The Crimson is led offensively by Taryn Kurcz (3-0-6) and Peyton Johnson (1-4-6) who are tied for the team lead in points. Elizabeth Weisman (2-1-5) has chipped in with two goals, while Aisha Price (1-3-5) has dished out three assists, to go along with one goal.

In net, Bethany Kanten has started all six games and is 3-2-1 with a 2.11 goals-against average, 28 saves and a .718 save percentage.

Harvard has outscored teams, 8-1, in road games, defeating Massachusetts, 2-0, Colgate, 3-1, and Quinnipiac, 3-0. Overall, the Crimson has tallied 12 goals this fall, while surrendering 14 scores by opponents. Harvard owns a 97-92 advantage in shots, and leads in corner kicks, 31-27.

About Penn:
The Quakers snapped a three-game losing streak by downing Sacramento State, 3-2, in double overtime Sept. 16, as Erin Mikolai scored the game-winner at 101:15.

Penn has scored seven goals this fall, all coming from different players. Mikolai, Kerry Scalora and Brianna Rano each have netted game-winning goals. The Quakers have both scored and allowed seven goals on the year, but have a sizable edge in shots, 81-58, and corner kicks, 43-22.

Goalkeeper Sarah Banks has played every minute in goal and is 3-3 with one clean sheet, to go along with 20 saves, a 1.14 goals-against mark and a .741 save percentage.

Around The Ivy League:
In other conference action this weekend, Cornell visits Columbia Friday evening, Yale hosts Princeton Saturday afternoon and Dartmouth faces Brown in Hanover, N.H., Sunday.

March to 250:
Harvard head coach Ray Leone needs only five victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 245-133-37 (.635) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Friday afternoon. In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 53-30-10 (.624) record. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored nine of its 12 goals this season in the second half of contests, including two in its 3-0 win at Quinnipiac Sept. 12 and all three in its victory at Colgate Sept. 9.

Coming Up:
After opening Ivy play at Penn Friday, Harvard returns home to host Central Connecticut State Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., before welcoming Yale to Cambridge Saturday, Sept. 29 for a 4 p.m. showdown.