CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a battle between two teams unbeaten in the Ivy League, Harvard women's soccer hosts Brown Saturday, Oct. 19 with a place atop the conference standings at stake. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. This will be the first of two meetings between the Crimson (7-3-2, 3-0) and the Bears (7-2-1, 2-0-1), but the only match that counts toward Ivy League standings.
Last Time Out
The Crimson exploded for seven goals in a 7-2 win at Cornell last Saturday. The seven scores marked the most since Oct. 8, 2000 (vs. Davidson) and the most in an Ivy League contest since Oct. 22, 1995, when Harvard matched that number against Princeton. The Crimson connected six times in a span of less than 25 minutes.
Just Win Baby Win
After stumbling to a 0-3 start, the Crimson has ripped off seven victories over the last nine games, posting a 7-0-2 record. The six-straight wins marked the longest streak for the Crimson since 2009, when Harvard matched that number from Sept. 26-Oct. 20.
Ivy League Digital Network
Four of Harvard's home matches – including Saturday's contest against Brown – will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch contests both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.
Six Crimson freshmen have started at least one game this season, led by Bailey Gary who has started all 12 at back. Eight rookies have seen action and freshmen Margaret Purce (18) and Karly Zlatic (nine) sit atop the team lead in points. Freshmen and sophomores have combined for 35 of the Crimson's 72 points through 12 games this season.
The Crimson holds a 17-4-5 record since moving to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Share the Wealth
Fourteen (14) Crimson athletes have registered a point this season. Six Harvard players – Laura Aguilar, Joan Fleischman, Kristina Garrido, Marie Margolius, Purce and Zlatic – have 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 Cheta Emba has started five games, maintaining a 0.22 GAA with 10 saves (416 minutes). Freshman Lizzie Durack (3-0) – coming off a UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – has earned two shutouts in 2013 and has logged 410 minutes with a 0.88 GAA. Junior Bethany Kanten has earned four starts in six games played, seeing 294 minutes in net and posting a 1.84 goals against average.
All-Time Against the Bears
Harvard boasts a 23-18-3 all-time advantage over Brown in a series that dates back to 1977, the first year of Crimson competition. Harvard has won three straight matches against Brown and five of the last six. Last year, the Crimson earned a 4-1 win in Providence, R.I., behind Meg Casscells-Hamby (two goals, two assists).
Scouting Brown (7-2-1, 2-0-1)
Brown is coming off a 2-0 win against Princeton last Saturday. The Bears also defeated Dartmouth (1-0) and knotted Columbia (0-0) within the league. Junior Chloe Cross paces Brown with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Junior Annie Gillen has dished out three assists through 10 contests. Time in net has been split between seniors Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett, with Bledsoe earning all 10 starts. Barrett owns a 0.19 GAA with 475 minutes between the pipes. Phil Pincince, the 13th-winningest coach in NCAA history, is in the midst of his 37th year at the helm of Brown. He has accumulated a 308-235-50 all-time record with the Bears and has amassed 12 Ivy League titles.
Seven of Harvard's 12 matches have been decided by one goal or have ended in a draw.
Harvard has three conference games remaining and one non-league tilt at Brown. The Crimson begins its final stretch next weekend against Princeton at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.