Harvard Women's Soccer Heads to Brown for Ivy Game Saturday Afternoon

Harvard Women's Soccer Heads to Brown for Ivy Game Saturday Afternoon

Kate Makaroff and the Crimson have only allowed a total of three goals in the last five games (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard women's soccer team, which is unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2), looks to jump back into the Ivy League title race, as the Crimson visits conference rival Brown Saturday at 4 p.m.

Harvard (5-3-3, 1-1-1 Ivy) enters this weekend fifth in the conference with four points, while the Bears (6-5, 0-3) are searching for their first Ancient Eight win and are tied with Yale for seventh place.

Around The Ivy League:
Nearly midway through conference play, Princeton and Penn sit 3-0 in Ivy games and are tied for first. Dartmouth and Columbia are tied for third place with four conference games remaining.

In other Ivy games this weekend, Yale visits Cornell, Columbia hosts Princeton and Dartmouth welcomes Penn.

The Series:
Harvard narrowly holds a 21-18-3 advantage in 42 all-time meetings against Brown, dating back to the first game between the schools in 1977. 

The Crimson has taken three of the last four contests against the Bears, including a 2-1 victory in Cambridge last fall. Since 1996, Harvard is 5-3 against Brown in Providence, R.I. 

About Harvard:
Peyton Johnson paces Harvard with five assists, nine points and 19 shots on goal, while Meg Casscells-Hamby and Taryn Kurcz are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece. Elizabeth Weisman and Emily Mosbacher have also contributed to Harvard's offense, tallying two scores each.

In net, Bethany Kanten stands at 4-3-3 with three clean sheets, 38 saves and a 1.34 goals-against average. Kanten has also boasts a .745 save percentage and has started 10 of Harvard's 11 games this fall.  

Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 17-16, but Harvard owns an advantage in shots, 199-152, and in corner kicks earned, 57-45. 

About Brown:
After winning four straight between Sept. 8-20, the Bears are looking to snap a four-game losing streak since Sept. 23, falling to Dartmouth, Columbia and Princeton. Brown played Dartmouth again Oct. 9 in a non-conference game and lost to the Big Green by a score of 1-0.  
Chloe Cross has tallied four goals for Brown this fall to lead the team, while Mika Siegelman has netted three scores on only nine shots on target. Siegelman also has scored three game-winning goals. Eliza Marshall, Louisa Pitney and Alison Mullin have each handed out two assists and are tied for the team lead.

Amber Bledsoe has started all 11 games between the pipes for Brown and is 3-1 with a 0.67 goals-against average and 26 saves. MC Barrett has played in 10 games, coming in for the second half and is 3-4 with 34 stops and a 1.20 goals-against mark.

Brown is outscoring teams, 11-10, and has an edge in corner kicks, 51-48, through 11 games.

Crimson Among the Nation's Best:
Peyton Johnson ranks 55th in the country with 0.45 assists per game and stands 83rd overall in total assists with five.

Ivy Elite:
Peyton Johnson is tied with Princeton's Jessica Haley for the conference lead with five assists. Harvard paces the Ivy League with 18.1 shots per game, and Meg Casscells-Hamby leads all players in the conference with 4.1 shots per contest.

March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone needs only three victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 247-134-39 (.635) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday afternoon.

In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 55-31-12 (.622) mark. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored 11 of its 16 goals this season in the second half or overtime of contests. Opponents, meanwhile, have tallied nine of their 17 goals in the first half, outscoring Harvard, 9-7, in the opening 45 minutes.

Coming Up:
Harvard will host Holy Cross Tuesday, Oct. 16 before traveling to face Princeton in a crucial Ivy League matchup Saturday, Oct. 20.