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Harvard Women’s Soccer Heads West to Open Season

Cambridge, Mass. – Opening its 37th season of action, Harvard women's soccer heads to San Francisco this weekend to participate in the USF Tournament against No. 18/19 California and San Francisco. It marks the first time since 2008 the Crimson will kick off in the Golden State.

The Crimson and Golden Bears square off on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Harvard and USF go head to head on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both matches on USF's live stats page. The Crimson and Dons can also be seen via San Francisco's live video stream.

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What's Back

Harvard returns 20 letterwinners from a squad that went 9-5-3 overall and 3-3-1 in Ivy League play a season ago. All five Crimson student-athletes that garnered all-conference status during the 2012 campaign return, including Meg Casscells-Hamby, who earned a spot on the first team. Erika GarciaBethany Kanten and Haley Washburn all received second team accolades.

Casscells-Hamby and senior captains Elizabeth Weisman and Peyton Johnson accounted for 45 percent of the scoring a season ago and will look to continue their offensive onslaught. Junior Bethany Kanten started 15 of 16 matches between the pipes in 2012, registering a 1.22 goals against average.

What's New

Harvard added nine standouts to the 2013 roster, a class that ranked No. 20 nationally according to All White Kit. Maura DugganLizzie DurackJoan FleischmanBailey GaryKatie Leonard, Margaret "Midge" Purce, Carly RotatoriMarissa Segala and Karly Zlatic will suit up for the Crimson this season.

Pacing the Sidelines

The fifth head coach of Harvard women's soccer, Ray Leone begins his seventh season in 2013. Leone and the Crimson posted its sixth-straight winning season in 2012 as Leone earned his 250th career win on Oct. 24, 2012 vs. Brown.

Scouting Cal (3-0-1)

No. 18/19 Cal comes to San Francisco riding a four-game unbeaten streak on the shoulders of sophomores Ifeoma Onumonu (three goals, one assist) and Samantha Witterman (two goals, three assists). Senior Emily Kruger holds a 0.71 GAA with 10 saves though four games. In his seventh season, Neil McGuire holds a 76-41-13 record with the Bears.  

Scouting USF (2-1)

Bringing a 2-1 record into the weekend, San Francisco is led offensively by freshman Lexie Krueger with four points. Sophomore Madalyn Schiffel will start in net, allowing two goals through three games for a 0.64 GAA. Head coach Jim Millinder is in the midst of his second season with the Dons.