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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Conigliaro, Catherine Coppinger, Alicia Johnson, Taryn Kurcz, Alexandra Millet and Aisha Price will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.