Photo of Kerry Kartsonis courtesy DSPics.com.
The Harvard women’s soccer team will look to snap a two-game losing streak as it visits No. 4 Boston College in a night game in Newton, Mass., Friday at 7 p.m. Friday’s contest marks the second of a three-game road stretch for the Crimson, as the team will play at Boston University Sunday in a nationally televised game on Fox Soccer Channel at 5 p.m.
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Harvard controls the all-time series against Boston College, leading 19-9-4 in 32 previous meetings. The Eagles, however, have won three of the last four meetings. Last season, the Crimson and Eagles battled to a 1-1 tie in Newton. Lauren Mann made 11 saves for Harvard, while Melanie Baskind supplied the offense with a goal in the 10th minute. Nicole Rhodes picked up an assist on Baskind’s tally.
The Crimson (1-3-1) had its 10-game home unbeaten streak snapped last Friday in a 2-0 loss to Long Beach State. Two days later, the Crimson scored two goals in two minutes at Hofstra, but Harvard could not find the equalizer and fell by a score of 3-2. Lizzy Nichols had a goal and an assist, and Caroline Albanese chipped in with a goal for Harvard. Mann made four saves between the pipes.
Albanese paces the Crimson with two goals for four points, while Katherine Sheeleigh (one goal, one assist) and Nichols (one goal, one assist) are tied for second with three points each. In net, Mann has played all five games and has one shutout, a 1.72 goals-against average and a .654 save percentage (17 of 26).
Harvard is outshooting opponents, 88-74, and leads in corner kick opportunities, 29-24, but trails in goals, 9-5.
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The fourth-ranked Eagles have opened the 2009 season with six consecutive victories, all against non-conference opponents. Five of those wins have come at home, where the Eagles are outscoring opponents, 19-0. Most recently, BC has earned three straight 4-0 wins over Holy Cross (Sept. 6), Marist (Sept. 11) and Long Beach State (Sept. 13).
With six goals and an assist for 13 points, Victoria DiMartino leads the BC scoring attack, while Brooke Knowlton (four goals, three assists) and Gina DiMartino (four goals, three assists) are tied for second with 11 points apiece. Hannah Cerrone has handed out a team-best five assists. In net, Jillian Mastrioianni stands 6-0-0 with five shutouts and owns a perfect 0.00 goals-against mark. She has stopped all eight shots she has faced.
BC is outshooting opponents, 152-25, and has tallied 24 goals, while shutting out every opponent.
After tallying the game-winning goal against New Hampshire for the second straight season in a 1-0 victory, Katherine Sheeleigh was named to the Ivy League honor roll this week.
Harvard will take its game to the big screen, as the Crimson will meet Boston University in a nationally televised contest at Nickerson Field Sunday. The game will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel at 5 p.m.