Harvard Women's Soccer Welcomes Holy Cross for Non-Conference Contest Tuesday

Harvard Women's Soccer Welcomes Holy Cross for Non-Conference Contest Tuesday

Elizabeth Weisman ranks fourth on the Crimson with seven points (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard women's soccer team, which is unbeaten in its last five games, going 3-0-2 during the stretch, hosts Holy Cross for a non-conference game Tuesday evening.

Harvard (6-3-3, 2-1-1 Ivy League) sits in fourth in the Ancient Eight standings, while Holy Cross enters the game 6-7-1 and 2-2 in the Patriot League. 

The Series:
These two programs have met 17 times, with Harvard dominating the series, 14-2-1. 

The Crimson won seven straight against the Crusaders from 1993-2005, and has taken the last two against Holy Cross, winning 2-1 in 2008 and 2-0 in 2009.

About Harvard:
After amassing a career-best six points (two goals, two assists) in a 4-1 victory at Brown Oct. 13, Meg Casscells-Hamby paces the Crimson with five goals and 13 points this fall. Peyton Johnson (2-5-9) and Taryn Kurcz (4-0-8) have also had the scoring touch and rank second and third, respectively, on the team in scoring.

In net, Bethany Kanten improved to 5-3-3 on the year with Harvard's win at Brown. Kanten has made 38 saves, boasts three clean sheets and owns a 1.31 goals-against average and .731 save percentage.

With its season-high four goals against the Bears, Harvard is now outscoring teams, 20-18, overall, while outshooting teams, 216-157, including 98-67 in shots on target. The Crimson has earned 60 corner kicks, compared to 48 for the opposition.

About Holy Cross:
The Crusaders, who are 2-4 on the road this season, are led offensively by Gina Righini (4-2-10) and Annie Galvin (4-0-8). Righini, Galvin and Hannah Earner (2-0-4) paced Holy Cross with two game-winning tallies apiece. 

Goalie Carly McCabe has seen most of the action between the pipes and is 5-4-1 overall with four shutouts, 70 saves and a .875 save percentage. McCabe also owns a 0.89 goals-against average. 

Holy Cross has both scored and allowed 15 goals in regulation, while opponents have tallied two overtime goals against the Crusaders. 

Ivy League Title Race:
With three conference games remaining, Harvard sits in fourth in the Ivy League with seven points, trailing Princeton (12 points), Dartmouth (nine) and Penn (nine). The Crimson will face Princeton Oct. 20 in a crucial contest and has yet to play Dartmouth and Columbia. 

March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone now needs only two victories to reach 250 for his illustrious career. Leone sports a 248-134-38 (.636) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday afternoon.

In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 56-31-12 (.626) mark. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored 15 of its 20 goals this season in the second half or overtime of contests. Opponents, meanwhile, have tallied exactly nine goals in each half, and are outscoring Harvard, 9-5, in the opening half of games.

Coming Up:
The Crimson will head back on the road to visit Princeton in a key Ivy League contest Saturday, Oct. 20. Harvard will then complete its non-conference slate by hosting Brown in a non-Ivy matchup Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.