Women's Soccer Heads to Cornell, Looks to Keep Pace In Ancient Eight

Women's Soccer Heads to Cornell, Looks to Keep Pace In Ancient Eight

Meg Casscells-Hamby tallied the game-winning goal against Fairfield Tuesday (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
Harvard, which has stringed together four straight wins re-enters Ivy League play to compete against Cornell. The match will be held Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y. at 1 p.m.

Harvard comes in at 7-4 and (2-0 Ivy League), while the Big Red are 2-9 (0-2). The Crimson is tied with Columbia for first place.

Follow From Home:
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's game.

The Matchup:
Harvard and Cornell have played 30 times dating back to Halloween of 1980. Historically, the overall series lead is in favor of the Crimson 21-3-6. In addition, Harvard's unbeaten streak against the Big Red stands at 17.

About Harvard:
The Crimson rallied from one goal down to defeat the Fairfield Stags 2-1 this past Tuesday. Co-captain Lindsey Kowal was instrumental in the comeback by playing sound defense and dishing out two assists for the game.  Meg Casscells-Hamby and Peyton Johnson were able to score off Kowal passes.

With 16 points this fall, Melanie Baskind, a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, stands seventh in program history with 71 career points. Baskind paces Harvard in points, goals (five) and assists (six). Meg Casscells-Hamby (4-3-11) and Elizabeth Weisman (3-1-7) are other notable contributors on offense.

Harvard has utilized all four goalkeepers on the roster this fall: Bethany Kanten, Cheta Emba, Alexandra Millet and Jessica Wright. The netminders own a combined 1.69 goals-against average and has made 39 stops.

As the top offense in the Ivy League, The Crimson attack is the leader in goals (25), assists (22), points (58), corners (72) and shots (176). 

About Cornell:
The Big Red are coming off a loss to Ancient Eight member Penn in a 2-1 loss on Sept. 30.

Maneesha Chitanvis (4-1-9), sparks the Cornell offense while Brook Chang (2) and Claire MacManus (1) have also scored. However, Cornell has a goal differential of -15 on the year in which Cornell have been outscored 18-6 in the second half.

In goal, Megan Bartlett and Kelly Murphy have shared the role of goalkeeper duties this fall. This duo combined leads the Ancient Eight in saves and has two shutouts to their credit.  

Firing Squad:
The 2011 campaign has brought a flurry of shots from Meg Casscells-Hamby (37), Melanie Baskind (33) and Peyton Johnson (19). Between the three of them, they contribute to almost half of Harvard's shots this season.

Corners Galore:
Harvard through 11 games this season averages 6.5 corners per game while their opponents average 2.5 corners per contest.

Coming Up:
The Crimson head back home to host Siena on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be held at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium and is the final non-conference game of the regular season.