Harvard Women's Soccer Closes Road Schedule at Dartmouth Sunday

Harvard Women's Soccer Closes Road Schedule at Dartmouth Sunday

Lauren Urke assisted on Harvard's game-winning goal in overtime against Brown Wednesday (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
The Harvard women's soccer team visits Dartmouth in the Crimson's final road game of the year Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.  

With two contests remaining in the regular season, Harvard stands at 8-4-3 overall and 2-2-1 in the Ivy League, while the Big Green is 11-4 and 4-1 in the Ancient Eight.

Ivy League Race:
Harvard sits in fourth place in the Ivy League standings with its 2-2-1 mark and seven points, while Princeton is in first with a 5-0 conference record and 15 points. Dartmouth (4-1) and Penn (4-1) are tied for second with 12 points apiece. Only Princeton, Dartmouth and Penn are still alive in the hunt for the Ivy League title.

The Series:
Harvard and Dartmouth have met 34 times, with the Crimson owning a slim, 17-14-3, edge in the all-time series, which began back in 1978.  

After Dartmouth won seven straight from 2000-2006, Harvard is 3-1-1 in the last five contests against the Big Green, including a 2-1 win in Cambridge last fall. The Crimson is looking to snap a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in Hanover, N.H., since 2000.

About Harvard:
Meg Casscells-Hamby paces Harvard in goals (six) and points (15), while Elizabeth Weisman (5-1-11) leads the team with three game-winning tallies. Peyton Johnson (2-5-9), Taryn Kurcz (4-0-8), Emily Mosbacher (2-1-5) and Lauren Varela (2-1-5) have also notched multiple goals this fall.

In net, Bethany Kanten boasts a 7-4-3 overall record and has earned four shutouts. She also has made 51 saves and owns a 1.25 goals-against average and .750 save percentage.

Harvard, which has gone 5-1-2 in its last eight games, is outscoring teams by a 26-21 margin this fall and is outscoring Ivy opponents, 7-6. The Crimson has mustered 254 shots, including 115 on target and have an edge in corner kicks against opponents, 74-56.

About Dartmouth:
The Big Green has rattled off five straight wins since Oct. 6 and is coming off a 1-0 win at Columbia Oct. 20. Dartmouth is outscoring teams, 29-13, including 13-5 in the first half and 16-7 in the second half of contests. The Big Green has earned 88 corner kicks, compared to only 47 for opponents. 

Dartmouth is led offensively by Chrissy Lozier (7-0-14) and Emma Brush (7-4-18). Brush has also scored the game-winner three times.

Goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders has started all 15 games and has five shutouts, to go along with an 11-4 overall record. She owns a 0.80 goals-against mark, 56 saves and a .824 save percentage.

March To 250:
Head coach Ray Leone reached a milestone by picking up his 250th career victory with his 1-0 win over Brown Oct. 24.. Leone sports a 250-135-38 (.636) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Wednesday evening.

In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 58-32-12 (.627) mark. Entering the season, Leone ranked 21st in NCAA history in victories and 39th in career winning percentage.

Scoring Late:
Harvard has scored 21 of its 26 goals this season in the second half or overtime of contests. Opponents, meanwhile, are outscoring Harvard, 9-5, in the opening half of games.

Coming Up:
The Crimson return home to close out the year by hosting Columbia on Senior Day Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon. Prior to that game, seniors Alexandra ConigliaroCatherine CoppingerAlicia Johnson, Taryn Kurcz, Alexandra Millet and Aisha Price will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.