Women's Soccer Returns Home to Face New Hampshire Tuesday
Photo of Katherine Sheeleigh courtesy DSPics.com.
Harvard returns to the friendly confines of Ohiri Field for a two-game homestand looking for its first win of the season against New Hampshire. The Crimson tied San Diego State, 1-1, in the season opener Sept. 4 and fell at Connecticut, 3-1, Sept. 5.
Follow From Home:
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.
Harvard has won the last four meetings against New Hampshire and 10 of the last 11 games overall. Last season, Katherine Sheeleigh scored in the 34th minute to help the Crimson earn a 1-0 road victory on Sept. 10, 2008. Lauren Mann turned aside four shots on goal by the Wildcats to pick up the win.
In the season opener against San Diego State, freshman Caroline Albanese tallied her first collegiate goal on a pass from Sheeleigh, as Harvard earned a 1-1 tie at Ohiri Field. Mann stopped four shots, including one in double overtime to preserve the tie.
On the following afternoon, Mann, who is sporting a 1.80 goals-against average and .733 save percentage (11 of 15) on the season, made seven saves and Hana Taiji found the back of the net with her first career goal in the first half, but the Crimson dropped its first game of the season at Connecticut. Rookie Aisha Price earned an assist on Taiji’s goal.
Through two games, opponents are outshooting the Crimson by a 42-30 margin and hold a slight edge in corner kicks, 11-10.
About New Hampshire:
The Wildcats are 1-2 this year after dropping a double overtime decision, 2-3, at Siena Sept. 6. New Hampshire trailed 2-1 late in the second half, but Morgan Keefe netted the equalizer at 89:00 to send the game to overtime. Earlier this fall, the Wildcats defeated Rhode Island, 2-0, and fell at St. John’s, 2-0.
Keefe leads the New Hampshire offense with a goal and assist for three points. Cassie Guerra, Alli Rozelle and Allie Coppenrath have a goal apiece. Rozelle netted the game-winning score in the team’s win at Rhode Island.
Between the pipes, Ally Yost has played every minute and owns a 1.60 goals-against average with 12 saves and one shutout. New Hampshire has been outshot, 54-30, and opponents have the lead in corner kicks, 13-4.
Home Sweet Home:
The Crimson is unbeaten in its last nine home games dating back to last season. Harvard is 6-0-3 during that stretch, including 0-0-1 this year after tying San Diego State, 1-1, in its home opener. The team owns a 3-0-2 record against non-conference opponents during its current unbeaten streak at home.
Moving On Up:
With 11 saves so far this season, Lauren Mann has 232 over her Crimson career, placing her fifth on the program’s all-time save list. Mann stands 34 saves behind Beth Reilly ’91 who is fourth.
Harvard rookies have had a hand in both Crimson goals this season.
The Crimson will conclude its two-game homestand by welcoming Long Beach State to Ohiri Field Friday at 1:30 p.m.