Women's Soccer Looks to Keep Pace in Ancient Eight Race, Hosts Princeton Saturday Evening

Women's Soccer Looks to Keep Pace in Ancient Eight Race, Hosts Princeton Saturday Evening

The Harvard women's soccer team owns an 8-1 record at home this season (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Crimson looks to continue its strong play at home as Harvard hosts Princeton under the lights at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Harvard and Princeton will meet Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Harvard remains in first place in the Ivy League at 3-0-1 and is 9-4-1 overall, while the Tigers are 1-3 in the Ancient Eight and 5-8-1 overall.

Follow From Home:
Live statistics and mobile device live statistics will be available for Saturday night's game. 

Student Rewards:
The first 50 Harvard students who use their ID card to swipe access to the game will receive a free t-shirt. In additions:

Every student who attends the game year will receive: 
  • $1 Crimson Cash instantly, just for showing your support of your fellow students!
  • Entry into the Grand Prize Season Raffle (fall season grand prize is Beats Headphone with Ipod Nano)

The Matchup:
Harvard and Princeton have met 35 times, with the Crimson holding the decisive edge in the all-time series, 25-9-1. Harvard has taken three of the last four games between the schools, including a 4-0 decision in Princeton, N.J., last season.

About Harvard:
The Crimson owns a 6-0-1 mark in its last seven games and is on a two-game win streak after defeating Siena and Brown last week. 

Baskind paces Harvard and the Ancient Eight in points (20), assists (eight) and shots (46). She also leads the Crimson with six goals, two of which have counted for game-winners. With her scoring output this season, Baskind now stands seventh in program history with 25 goals, sixth with 25 assists and seventh with 75 points.
In net, Bethany Kanten was honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time Oct. 17, after earning a shutout against Siena and making a career-high nine saves in a key victory over Brown. Kanten has 31 saves and a 1.05 goal-against average on the season.
The Crimson is outscoring opponents, 29-22, including 20-12 in the second half of games. Harvard has earned 86 corner kicks, while pponents only have 35 to their credit. The Crimson is also outshooting teams, 223-146.
About Princeton:
The Tigers are coming into the contest with a four-game win streak. During the win streak, the Tigers offense have scored 16 goals while only conceding two and earning a pair of shutouts. One of the victories was against Ancient Eight member Columbia (Oct. 15) in a 4-1 win.
Leading the Princeton attack is junior forward Jen Hoy who paces the Tigers in goals (six), points (16) and shots on goal (24). In addition, Lauren Lazo (4-4-12), Melissa Downey (2-4-8) and Sara Chehrehsa (2-4-8) contribute mightily to the Tiger offense. In the back, senior defenders Kalie Bartholomew and Kim Menafra lead the defense. Princeton's goalkeepers this season have conceded 24 goals in 14 contests for a 1.44 goals-against average.
Around The Ivy League:
With 10 points, Harvard sits in first in the Ancient Eight with a 3-0-1 conference mark. Yale and Penn are tied for second with 3-1 records, giving them nine points. Harvard has defeated both the Bulldogs and the Quakers this fall.

In other conference action this weekend, Yale visits Penn and Dartmouth hosts Columbia Saturday. Brown also heads to Ithaca, N.Y., to face Cornell Sunday afternoon.

There Is No Place Like Home:
Harvard owns a 8-1 record at home games this fall, including a 6-1 mark at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium and a 2-0 record at Ohiri Field. The Crimson has outscored teams, 22-11, in nine home contests.

In conference games overall, Harvard has an 8-4 edge in goals, including a 4-1 edge at home.
Coming Up:
The Crimson will host Dartmouth on Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, seniors Melanie Baskind, Lindsey Kowal, Sophie Legros, Rebecca Millock, Hana Taiji and Patricia Yau will be honored in a ceremony.