Harvard Women's Soccer Hosts Columbia on Senior Day Saturday
The Crimson 3-2-3 at home this fall (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's soccer team hosts Columbia on Senior Day Saturday afternoon.
Entering the final game of the season, the Crimson stands at 8-5-3 overall and 2-3-1 in the Ivy League, while the Lions are 6-8-1 and 2-3-1 in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard has faced Columbia 26 times, with the Crimson owning a sizable, 22-3-1, edge in the all-time series.
After falling to the Lions in 2006 and 2007, Harvard has rattled off four straight victories against Columbia, including a 2-0 win in Cambridge in 2010 and a 1-0 win at Columbia last season.
Thank You, Seniors!
Prior to Saturday's game, six Harvard seniors will be honored in a ceremony for Senior Day. Alexandra Conigliaro, Catherine Coppinger, Alicia Johnson, Taryn Kurcz, Alexandra Millet and Aisha Price helped the Crimson win Ivy League titles in 2009 and 2011.
Harvard has won a total of 18 conference games and 38 games overall over the last four seasons.
Meg Casscells-Hamby leads the team in scoring with 15 points on a Harvard-best six goals and three assists. Elizabeth Weisman, who scored the game-winning goal in Harvard's 1-0 victory in overtime against Brown Oct. 24, paces the Crimson with three game-winning strikes and is second with five goals and 11 points. Peyton Johnson (2-5-9), Taryn Kurcz (4-0-8) and Aisha Price (1-4-6) have also been scoring threats for Harvard this season.
In net, goalkeeper Bethany Kanten boasts a 7-5-3 overall mark, to go along with four shutouts, a 1.30 goals-against average, 58 saves and a .753 save percentage. Kanten has earned clean sheets against Massachusetts, Central Connecticut State, Yale and Brown.
Harvard has outscored teams, 26-23, overall, but in conference play, opponents have the edge in scoring, 8-7. The Crimson has earned a total of 76 corner kicks, while opponents have had 60 corners.
The Lions are led offensively by Beverly Leon (6-3-15) and Coleen Rizzo (6-2-14) who are tied for first on the team in goals and rank first and second in points.
Goalkeeper Grace Redmon has seen most of the time in net and is 5-8-0 with five shutouts. She owns a 1.19 goals-against average with 69 saves and a .812 save percentage.
Columbia has both scored and allowed 16 goals on the year. Opponents have the edge in shots, 191-162, and corner kicks, 62-54.
Moving Up The Charts:
With her 62 saves this season, Harvard goalkeeper Bethany Kanten has moved up to 11th in the Crimson record books with 102 career saves. Kanten needs five more stops to tie Anne Browning '98 for 10th in team history with 107.
March To 250:
With Harvard's 1-0 win over Brown Oct. 24, head coach Ray Leone earned his 250th career victory. Leone sports a 250-136-38 (.634) record over the course of 22 seasons entering Saturday.
In his six years with the Crimson, Leone owns a 58-33-12 (.621) 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.