CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sitting atop the Ivy League standings through four matches, Harvard women's soccer welcomes Princeton to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday, Oct. 26 for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Crimson (8-3-2, 4-0) looks to remain undefeated in Ancient Eight play as the Tigers (5-4-4, 0-3-1) are seeking their first conference win.
The Crimson welcomes former soccer players back Saturday for its annual Alumni Weekend. The alumnae will play a match early in the day.
Ivy Title Hunt
Through four games, Harvard has amassed 12 points in the Ivy League standings with a 4-0 record. Penn, with nine points, remains close behind with a 3-1 Ancient Eight record. Brown holds a 2-1-1 Ivy ledger (7 points), while Yale and Dartmouth own identical 2-2 marks. The Crimson has three league games remaining (Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia), including two at the friendly confines of Soldiers Field.
Last Time Out
Behind three points from junior Marie Margolius, Harvard defeated Brown, 3-1, last Saturday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson overcame an early 1-0 deficit to score three-straight goals, including the game-winner by Margolius.
Just Win Baby Win
After stumbling to an 0-3 start, the Crimson has ripped off eight victories over the last 10 games, posting an 8-0-2 record. The six-straight wins marked the longest streak for the Crimson since 2009, when Harvard matched that number from Sept. 26-Oct. 20.
Down But Not Out
Harvard's opponent has scored first in seven matches this season, but the Crimson has rallied to tie or win four times (2-3-2), including against Brown the last time out. Harvard has failed to score just once through 13 matches this season.
Six Crimson freshmen have started at least one game this season, led by Bailey Gary who has started all 13 at back. Eight rookies have seen action and freshmen Margaret Purce (19) and Karly Zlatic (9, tied for second) sit atop the team lead in points. Freshmen and sophomores have combined for 43 of the Crimson's 82 points through 13 games this season.
The Crimson holds an 18-4-5 home record since moving to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Share the Wealth
Fourteen (14) Crimson athletes have registered two-plus points 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 (4-0) – coming off a UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – has earned two shutouts in 2013 and has logged 455 minutes with a 0.79 GAA. Junior Bethany Kanten has earned five starts in seven games played, seeing 339 minutes in net and posting a 1.86 goals against average.
All-Time Against the Tigers
Harvard leads the all-time series against Princeton, 26-10-1, but is 4-5-1 over the last 10 meetings, splitting the last two matchups. Last season, Lauren Varela notched a goal and goalkeeper Bethany Kanten recorded six saves, but the Crimson fell on the road at Princeton, 3-1, to snap a six-game unbeaten streak.
Scouting Princeton (5-4-4, 0-3-1)
Last earning a draw against Columbia, 3-3, Princeton enters Saturday's match at 5-4-4 and looking for its first Ivy League win at 0-3-1. Freshman Tyler Lussi holds the team lead in points with 16 (six goals, four assists), while junior Lauren Lazo sits second with 11 on four goals and three helpers. Junior keeper Darcy Hargadon (4-3-4) holds a 1.28 GAA with 29 saves through 11 matches. In her 19th season with the Tigers, head coach Julie Shackford owns a 194-107-26 record at Princeton.
Seven of Harvard's 13 matches have been decided by one goal or have ended in a draw.
Harvard has two conference games remaining after Saturday and one non-league tilt at Brown. The Crimson will play the Bears Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m., before resuming league action against Dartmouth on Senior Day (Nov. 2).