CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer wraps up its four-game homestand with Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 20 before heading to UMass Lowell on Sunday, Sept. 22. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson and Riverhawks will kick off at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cushing Field Complex.
Harvard has hosted four-straight home matches ending with Friday's contest against URI. After Friday, Harvard will play just four more times in Cambridge. The Crimson holds a 15-4-5 record since moving to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Last Time Out
Over the weekend, the Crimson played to a 1-1 draw against Providence College and defeated LIU Brooklyn, 1-0. Junior Marie Margolius posted her first career score in the game against the Friars, while Midge Purce tallied the game-winner against the Blackbirds.
Five Crimson freshmen have started at least one game this season, led by Bailey Gary who has started all five at back. Freshmen and sophomores have combined for seven of the Crimson's 11 points through five games this season, including team-leader Midge Purce (four points).
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Harvard trails Rhode Island 1-2-1 in the all-time series, last winning in 2010. In the last meeting, the Rams needed overtime to edge the Crimson, 3-2, in Kingston, R.I. This will be the first meeting between Harvard and UMass Lowell.
Scouting URI (4-4)
Junior Samantha Leyh paces Rhode Island with 10 points on four goals and two assists through eight games. Senior Lucy Gildein has dished out four helpers, while freshman Nicole Brennan has found the back of the net three times. Between the pipes for URI will be Reilly Lindsey (2-3), who maintains a 2.21 GAA with 21 saves. In his third season, Michael Needham returned to Rhode Island as the seventh head coach of women's soccer after graduating in 1996.
Scouting UMass Lowell (0-6)
Making the transition to Division I and the America East conference in July, UMass Lowell holds a 0-6 record in 2013. Junior Brittany Russo and freshman Taylor Packwood pace the Riverhawks with four points apiece. Jill Carlson (0-6) will start in net, having played every minute this season and owning a 3.47 GAA. Elie Monteiro roams the sidelines for UMass Lowell.
Depth in Net
Three goalkeepers have seen action between the pipes for the Crimson. Junior Bethany Kanten (0-2) earned the start against Cal and UNH, while classmate Cheta Emba was between the pipes to start against USF. Freshman Lizzie Durack (1-0) – coming off an UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – played the second 45 minutes against the Dons and earned her first career win in 90 minutes against LIU.
All five of Harvard's matches have been decided by one goal or less.
The Crimson begins conference play next Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Penn. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. On Sunday, Sept. 29, Harvard will travel to Central Connecticut State (6 p.m.).