Women's Soccer to Welcome Boston University, Rhode Island in Consecutive Home Games

Women's Soccer to Welcome Boston University, Rhode Island in Consecutive Home Games

Freshman Elizabeth Weisman scored the first goal of her career at South Florida Sept. 5 (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

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The Games:
After three straight road games, the Harvard returns home to host Boston University Thursday in the first game played at Ohiri Field this season.  The Crimson will then host Rhode Island at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Friday at 7 p.m.

The Crimson, which owns a 1-2-1 overall record, is hoping to snap a two-game losing streak, after falling at Central Florida, 3-0, and at South Florida, 2-1, during a recent trip to Florida.  Boston University enters the contest with a 3-5-0 mark after suffering a 3-0 loss at No. 12 Virginia Sept. 12.

A History Lesson:
Harvard leads the all-time series against Boston Unviersity, 12-2-3.  The Terriers have taken two of the last three games, however, including a 1-0  win last year in Boston. Harvard last defeated BU, 1-0, in double overtime Sept. 14, 2007.

Harvard has played Rhode Island twice and is 0-1-1 against the Rams.  The Crimson tied URI, 0-0 in 2005 and fell, 5-1, in 2006.

About Harvard:
After starting the season 1-0-1, Harvard has dropped its last two games.  The Crimson opened the year by tying Long Island, 2-2, at the new Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, and then defeated New Hampshire in a road game, 2-0, to grab its first victory of the season.

Harvard is led offensively by Katherine Sheeleigh (1-2-4) and Patricia Yau (1-2-4) who are tied for the team lead in scoring.  Melanie Baskind, Peyton Johnson and Elizabeth Weisman have also scored a goal each this season.

In net, Alexandra Millet has started all four games and is 1-2-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average and 17 saves.

About Boston University:
The Terriers enter the game with three non-conference victories against American, 3-0, Washington, 3-0 and William & Mary, 3-1.

Lisa Kevorkian paces BU with five goals, including two game-winning tallies, and 11 points on the year.  Jessica Luscinski and Emma Clark have notched two goals apiece, while Katherine Donnelly has a team-best two assists.

Kelly King and Alice Binns have both seen time  at goalkeeper.  King boasts a 3-2-0 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and 13 saves, while Binns is 0-3-0 with a 0.84 goals-against mark and 19 stops.

About Rhode Island:
The Rams are hoping to improve on a 0-5-1 start to the season after dropping their last five games.  Last time out, URI fell to Maine by a score of 3-2 Sept. 12.

Kaylen Shimoda has a team-best five points and two goals, while Nikkita Persaud, Stephanie Santos and Torey Hart each tallied a goal apiece.  Goalkeeper Sasha Reiber has played every minute this fall and is 0-5-1 with a 1.93 goals-against average and 32 saves.

Home Sweet Home:
Harvard is 0-0-1 at home this season, after going 6-2-1 in Cambridge in 2009.  The Crimson is playing its home games at two different facilities this season: Ohiri Field and the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Strong Start:
With four points in four games, Patricia Yau is only one point away from tying a career-high in scoring for a season. Last fall, Yau had two goals and an assist for five points.

Coming Up:
The Crimson will open the Ivy League portion of its schedule by visiting Penn Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.