Women's Soccer Welcomes Elon for Home Opener Sunday

Hana Taiji had two shots in the season opener at Long Island Friday (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
Harvard hosts Elon in the Crimson's home opener Sunday afternoon. The Crimson stands at 0-1-0 on the season, while the Phoenix is 1-2-1. 

Last season, head coach Ray Leone and his squad boasted a 5-1-1 record at home, going 2-0-1 at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. Overall, the Crimson went 5-4-1 in non-conference games.

About Harvard:
The Crimson is looking to bounce back from a 2-1 season opening loss at Long Island Friday afternoon. Peyton Johnson tallied Harvard's goal, while freshman Meg Casscells-Hamby picked up an assist for her first collegiate point.

Goalkeepers Alexandra Millet and Bethany Kanten split time in net, combining for three saves.

Harvard earned 11 corner kicks in the game against the Blackbirds, while only allowing two, and outshot LIU by a 16-11 margin. Casscells-Hamby managed five shots, while Melanie Baskind and Erika Garcia shot the ball three times apiece.

About Elon:
The Phoenix sits at 1-2-1 on the year after falling at Massachusetts, 2-1, Friday. Maria Russo tallied Elon's goal in the 55th minute, while Shannon Cosgrove made two saves for Elon in the first half, and Kate Murphy stopped one shot in the second stanza.

Through four games, opponents are outscoring Elon, 7-2, and have a 64-17 advantage in shots and 26-13 edge in corner kicks. Jaclyn Wood tallied the game-winner for Elon in a 1-0 victory over Longwood Aug. 25, and is tied with Russo for the team lead with one goal each.
Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind has been named a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Baskind is one of 30 women's soccer players nationally among the candidates. The list of 30 nominees will be reduced to 10 finalists midway through the regular season.
Moving On Up:
Entering her senior season, midfielder/forward Melanie Baskind ranks ninth in program history with 55 points, 10th with 19 goals and 11th with 17 assists.
On The Sidelines:
In four seasons at the helm, head coach Ray Leone boasts a 38-23-8 (.609) overall record with the Crimson. He has led Harvard to two Ivy League titles and an 18-9-1 (.661) conference mark during his tenure.
New Captains:
Seniors Lindsey Kowal and Melanie Baskind will serve as co-captains of the Crimson this fall.
Coming Up:
The Crimson will continue a stretch of home games as Harvard will host Massachusetts Sept. 9 and Connecticut Sept. 11. Harvard will face the Minutewomen at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium and will play the Huskies at Ohiri Field.