Women's Soccer Set to Host Massachusetts Friday Evening

Women's Soccer Set to Host Massachusetts Friday Evening

Alexandra Millet and the Crimson won their home opener, 2-1, against Elon Sept. 4 (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
Harvard welcomes local rival Massachusetts to the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium for a game under the lights Friday, Sept. 9. The contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Harvard enters the weekend at 1-1 overall, while the Minutewomen stand at 2-1-1.

Home, Sweet Home:
Over the last two seasons, Harvard owns a 6-1-1 record at home and is 3-0-1 at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, including 1-0 at the facility this season. 

The Matchup:
Harvard and UMass have met 24 times on the soccer field, with the Minutewomen holding a 14-9-1 edge in the all-time series, which began in 1977. In recent histoy, Harvard has won the last three games between the two schools and earned a 3-2 victory at Massachusetts last season.

About Harvard:
Through two games, Melanie Baskind paces the Crimon in scoring (1-1-3), while Meg Casscells-Hamby (0-2-2) has assisted on two of Harvard's three goals. Elizabeth Weisman and Peyton Johnson have also tallied goals for the Crimson.

In net, Bethany Kanten is 1-1 with a 2.00 goals-against mark and a .714 save percentage, while Alexandra Millet boasts a 1.00 goals-against average, to go along with a .800 save percentage.

Harvard has outshot opponents, 45-22,  including 20-12 on target, and has a sizable edge in corner kicks, 23-4. The Crimson has both scored and allowed three goals this fall.

About Massachusetts:
Julie Morrissey (3-0-6) has tallied three of the Minutewomen's five goals this season, while Deanna Colarossi (1-2-4) and Jen Houtmann have also had the scoring touch. Colarossi paces UMass with two assists. 

Goalkeeper Stephanie Gordon has started all four games and is 2-1-1 with one clean sheet. She also has stopped 17 of 23 shots faced (.739) and owns a 1.42 goals-against average.

Opponents are outscoring UMass, 6-5, but despite the Minutewomen outshooting teams, 58-44. Opponents also have a slight edge in corner kicks, 15-14.

Senior co-captain and three-time All-Ivy League selection 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:
With three points this fall, midfielder/forward Melanie Baskind ranks ninth in program history with 58 points, ninth with 20 goals and ninth with 18 assists.

Late-Game Heroics:
In Harvard's 2-1 win over Elon Sept. 4, Elizabeth Weisman netted the game-winning goal with 3:29 remaining, lifting Harvard to its first win of the season in the Crimson's home opener.

Coming Up:
The Crimson will host Connecticut at Ohiri Field Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.