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Women’s Soccer Begins Ivy League Play vs. Penn, Heads to CCSU

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Unbeaten over the last four games, Harvard women's soccer heads into Ivy League play this weekend, matching up against Penn on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The Crimson then head to Central Connecticut State University for a 6 p.m. kickoff Sunday at CCSU Soccer Field.

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Home Cookin'

The Crimson holds a 16-4-5 record since moving to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.  

Last Time Out

The Crimson took down UMass Lowell, 5-0, Sunday afternoon at Cushing Field Stadium Complex. The five scores marked the most for Harvard since 2004 and four players posted their first career points for Harvard. On Friday, freshman Midge Purce posted her first multi-goal game as Harvard defeated Rhode Island, 2-0, at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

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Fresh Faces

Six Crimson freshmen have started at least one game this season, led by Bailey Gary who has started all seven at back. Eight rookies have seen action and freshmen Purce (nine) and Joan Fleischman (three) sit atop the team lead in points. Freshmen and sophomores have combined for 17 of the Crimson's 31 points through seven games this season.

Share the Wealth

Twelve (12) Crimson athletes have registered a point this season. Six Harvard players – Purce, Fleischman, Garrido, Aguilar, Margolius and Zlatic – all recorded their first career points this season.

Depth in Net

Three goalkeepers have started between the pipes for the Crimson and will rotate in net. Junior Bethany Kanten has earned four starts, seeing 225 minutes in net and posting a 1.60 GAA. Junior Cheta Emba has started two games, maintaining a 0.37 GAA (245 minutes). Freshman Lizzie Durack (1-0) – coming off an UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – earned her first career win in 90 minutes against LIU and has logged 180 minutes with a 0.50 GAA.

All-Time Against...

Harvard holds the all-time advantage over Penn (16-6-2) in a series that dates back to 1982, although the competition has been heated as of late. The Quakers have maintained a 3-2 advantage over the last five meetings (since 2008). Last season, Penn escaped with a 1-0 victory in Philadelphia, but Harvard earned the win in 2011, 2-0. Against the Blue Devils, the Crimson holds a 5-2-1 edge, playing to a 0-0 draw last season.

Scouting Penn (4-0-2)

Pacing the Quakers is senior Kerry Scalora with eight points (3 g, 2 a) through six games. Freshman Tahirih Nesmith has added three goals, including one game winner. Sophomore Kalijah Terilli has seen the most action between the pipes, allowing just two goals this season (both against Old Dominion). Before a 2-2 draw with ODU on Sunday, Penn had not allowed a score this season, shutting out five-straight opponents. Head coach Darren Ambrose, the program's all-time winningest coach, has 13 years of experience and an overall record of 132-67-30.  

Scouting CCSU (2-6)

CCSU will have a seven-day rest before facing off against the Crimson, holding a 2-6 overall record. The Blue Devils are paced by junior Julie Lavoie with four points, while Jewel Robinson and Morgan Santoro each have a goal and an assist apiece. Nikola Deiter will be between the pipes, maintaining a 1.87 GAA with 40 saves. Head coach Mike D'Arcy, the winningest coach in CCSU program history, holds a 128-98-23 record in his 13th season.  

Close Calls

Five of Harvard's seven matches have been decided by one goal or less.

Looking Ahead

A four-game road trip continues Saturday, Oct. 5 at Yale. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Reese Stadium.