Women's Soccer Opens Ivy League, Welcomes Penn Friday Evening

Kate Makaroff and the Crimson are 3-1 at home this fall (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
Harvard opens the Ivy League portion of its schedule, as the Crimson welcomes Penn to the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Harvard will host the Quakers Friday at 6 p.m.

The Crimson stands at 3-4 overall, including 3-1 at home, while the Quakers are 5-1 this season.

Follow From Home:
Weather permitting, live statistics will be available for Friday evening's Ivy League contest. 

The Matchup:
Harvard and Penn have met 22 times, with the Crimson owning a 15-5-2 lead in the all-time series, which began in 1982.The Quakers, though, have won three of the last four meetings between the Ivy schools, including a 4-3 decision last year in Philadelphia.

About Harvard:
Melanie Baskind (2-4-8) and Meg Casscells-Hamby (2-3-7) lead the Crimson in scoring this season. Elizabeth Weisman (2-1-5), Alexandra Conigliaro (2-1-5) and Kate Makaroff (2-0-4) have also tallied multiple goals.

Between the pipes, Cheta Emba sports a 1-0 record with a 0.63 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage, while Bethany Kanten (1-2) and Alexandra Millet (0-2) have also seen significant minutes in net. Kanten owns a 2.14 goals-against mark and has made 10 saves, while Millet is allowing 2.64 goals per contest and has turned aside 12 shots.
Harvard has tallied 13 goals this fall, but opponents have scored 16. The Crimson is outshooting opponents by a wide margin, 115-79, and has a solid advantage in corner kicks, 47-21.
About Penn:
The Quakers opened the season with a five-game win streak, but are coming off a 3-2 loss at George Mason Sept. 18. Marin McDermott (4-1-9) leads the team in goals and points, while Kerry Scalora (1-4-6) paces the team in assists.
Goalkeepers Caroline Williams and Sarah Banks have each played 270 minutes in net. Williams is 2-1 with a 0.33 goals-against mark and seven saves, while Banks is undefeated at 3-0, to go along with a 0.67 goals-against average and 12 stops.
Penn is outscoring teams, 11-3, including 7-1 in the second half of games, and the Quakers have earned four times as many corner kicks as the opposition, 44-11. Penn is 2-1 on the road this season with victories at Villanova, 1-0, and James Madison, 1-0.
Around The Ivy League:
In other Ancient Eight openers this weekend, Cornell hosts Columbia Friday evening, Yale makes the trip to Princeton, N.J., to meet Princeton Saturday and Brown welcomes Dartmouth for a conference game Sunday afternoon.
Moving On Up:
With eight points this fall, Melanie Baskind, a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, has moved into seventh in school history with 63 career points. Baskind also stands tied for seventh with 21 assists and is ninth with 21 goals.
Coming Up:
The Crimson will take a step back into non-conference play and will host New Hampshire Sunday afternoon at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Harvard will then visit archrival Yale Saturday, Oct. 1.