Harvard Women’s Soccer Opens Ivy League Play at Penn Friday Afternoon

Harvard Women’s Soccer Opens Ivy League Play at Penn Friday Afternoon

Bethany Kanten has made 28 saves in Harvard's first six games (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
After beginning the year with a 3-2-1 record, the Harvard women's soccer team opens conference play by visiting Penn in the Ivy League opener for both teams Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.

The Crimson has won all three of its road games this fall, while the Quakers are 3-3 overall, including 2-1 at home in Philadelphia.

Follow From Home:
Live video will be available with a subscription for Friday's game. Fans can also follow along with live statistics.

Defending the Ivy:
Harvard won its 10th Ivy League title last fall and has taken three of the last four conference crowns in the Ancient Eight. 

The Series:
Harvard and Penn have met 23 times since 1982, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 16-5-2. The Quakers have taken three of the last five meetings between the two conference rivals, but last year, the Crimson emerged with a 2-0 victory in Cambridge.

About Harvard:
The Crimson is led offensively by Taryn Kurcz (3-0-6) and Peyton Johnson (1-4-6) who are tied for the team lead in points. Elizabeth Weisman (2-1-5) has chipped in with two goals, while Aisha Price (1-3-5) has dished out three assists, to go along with one goal.

In net, Bethany Kanten has started all six games and is 3-2-1 with a 2.11 goals-against average, 28 saves and a .718 save percentage.

Harvard has outscored teams, 8-1, in road games, defeating Massachusetts, 2-0, Colgate, 3-1, and Quinnipiac, 3-0. Overall, the Crimson has tallied 12 goals this fall, while surrendering 14 scores by opponents. Harvard owns a 97-92 advantage in shots, and leads in corner kicks, 31-27.

About Penn:
The Quakers snapped a three-game losing streak by downing Sacramento State, 3-2, in double overtime Sept. 16, as Erin Mikolai scored the game-winner at 101:15.

Penn has scored seven goals this fall, all coming from different players. Mikolai, Kerry Scalora and Brianna Rano each have netted game-winning goals. The Quakers have both scored and allowed seven goals on the year, but have a sizable edge in shots, 81-58, and corner kicks, 43-22.

Goalkeeper Sarah Banks has played every minute in goal and is 3-3 with one clean sheet, to go along with 20 saves, a 1.14 goals-against mark and a .741 save percentage.

Around The Ivy League:
In other conference action this weekend, Cornell visits Columbia Friday evening, Yale hosts Princeton Saturday afternoon and Dartmouth faces Brown in Hanover, N.H., Sunday.

March to 250:
Harvard head coach Ray Leone needs only five victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 245-133-37 (.635) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Friday afternoon. In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 53-30-10 (.624) record. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored nine of its 12 goals this season in the second half of contests, including two in its 3-0 win at Quinnipiac Sept. 12 and all three in its victory at Colgate Sept. 9.

Coming Up:
After opening Ivy play at Penn Friday, Harvard returns home to host Central Connecticut State Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., before welcoming Yale to Cambridge Saturday, Sept. 29 for a 4 p.m. showdown.