Providence, LIU Brooklyn Visit Harvard Women’s Soccer

Harvard looks to bounce back against PC, LIU. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Harvard looks to bounce back against PC, LIU. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer continues its four-game homestand as Providence College and LIU Brooklyn visit Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium this weekend. The Crimson and the Friars kick off Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., while Harvard and LIU meet at noon on Sunday.

Ivy League Digital Network

Four of Harvard's home matches – including Sunday's contest against LIU – will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch contests both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.

Home Stretch

Harvard will host four-straight home matches after Friday's contest was moved to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson will play three games over a five-day stretch this week. The Crimson holds a 14-4-4 record since moving to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.  

Last Time Out

Freshman Midge Purce posted her first career goal, but it would not be enough as Harvard fell to New Hampshire, 2-1, Wednesday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson outshot the Wildcats by a 21-2 margin, but two early scores by UNH proved to be the difference.


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All-Time Against...

Harvard leads Providence in the all-time series by a 6-2-1 mark, although the two teams have not met since Oct. 30, 1996, a 7-1 win for the Crimson. In a series that started in 2010, Long Island holds a 1-0-1 all-time advantage over Harvard. The last meeting was a 2-1 win for the Blackbirds in 2011.  

Fresh Faces

Harvard added nine standouts to the 2013 roster, a class that ranked No. 20 nationally according to All White Kit. Midge Purce leads the squad with two points, as Bailey Gary, Purce and Karly Zlatic have all earned starts.

Scouting PC (3-1-1)

With five days of rest, Providence comes into Friday's match with a 3-1-1 record, paced by sophomore Kathryn Hiller with nine points on four goals and one assist. Amanda Webster has record seven points through five games. In net for the Friars will be freshman Kristyn Shea (2-1-1), who owns a 1.08 GAA with 20 saves. Head coach Jim McGirr is in the midst of his ninth season with PC.   

Scouting LIU (1-4-1)

Coming into the weekend with a 1-3-1 record, Jenn Peters leads LIU with four points on one goal and two assists. Jessica Sexton has played every minute in net, holding a 1.15 GAA with 31 saves. Entering her 14th season at LIU Brooklyn, Tracey Bartholomew led the Blackbirds to its second-straight NEC Tournament championship a season ago.

Depth in Net

Three goalkeepers have seen action between the pipes for the Crimson. Junior Bethany Kanten (0-2) earned the start against Cal and UNH, while classmate Cheta Emba was between the pipes to start against USF. Freshman Lizzie Durack – coming off an UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – played the second 45 minutes against the Dons.

Scoring Weapons Return

Harvard returns 20 letterwinners from a squad that went 9-5-3 overall a season ago. All five Crimson student-athletes that garnered all-conference status during the 2012 campaign return, including Meg Casscells-Hamby, who earned a spot on the first team. Erika Garcia, Kanten and Haley Washburn all received second team accolades.

Casscells-Hamby and senior captains Elizabeth Weisman and Peyton Johnson accounted for 45 percent of the scoring a season ago and will look to continue their offensive onslaught.

Looking Ahead

The Crimson hosts Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 20 (7 p.m.) at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium before traveling to UMass Lowell for a Sunday tilt at 3 p.m.