The Crimson steps back into Ivy League play this weekend with Yale. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a grueling tie with UMass on Monday, the Harvard women's soccer team will step back into Ivy League play this weekend as Yale comes to town. The Crimson (6-2-1, 1-0-0 Ivy) will take on the Bulldogs (5-3, 0-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Soldiers Field.
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Last Time Out
After its thorough 3-0 win over Penn in Philadelphia, the first squad to beat the Quakers on their home turf since 2012, Harvard participated in a hard-fought draw with UMass the following Monday. The Crimson and Minutewomen battled back-and-forth in a physical game, but neither side was able to break through. UMass, which moved to 2-5-3 after its seventh overtime game of the year, was only afforded one shot on target because of the ever-stingy Crimson defense, while Harvard mustered six shots on goal. Margaret Purce, Marie Margolius and Emily Mosbacher combined for a flurry of chances, but to no avail in the grinding contest.
Among the Ivies
After nine contests in 2014, the reigning Ivy League champions have put themselves in a nice position to try to defend the title. Defensively, the Crimson is allowing just 0.535 goals per contest, the second-best total in the League and 19th-best in the entire country. Along with the excellent play of the Harvard backs, keepers Cheta Emba and Lizzie Durack have combined for six clean sheets, which comes out to a 0.667 shutout-percentage; that number is tops among the Ancient Eight schools and 13th in the nation.
Individually, Purce and company have excelled on the attack as well. Purce, who is tied for the League lead with four marks (0.50 per game), was named the Ivy League Player of the Week last week after her two-goal performance versus Penn. Emily Mosbacher has three scores, including her pair of goals against LIU-Brooklyn over a week ago. In total, the Crimson has scored 15 goals, the most in the Ivy League this season.
A few freshmen have made an impact as well among the youthful Crimson. Freshman Dani Stollar – who notched Harvard's first goal of 2014 in the 1-0 victory versus San Francisco – has three points this season, while fellow classmate Marie Becker has done a solid job on the back line in her debut season.
The Bulldogs enter Saturday with a 5-3 record, having recently dropped a pair of back-to-back 1-0 decisions to New Hampshire and Princeton. Yale has quality wins this season across the board, defeating Quinnipiac (2-0), Sacred Heart (2-1), Western Kentucky (2-0), Saint Peter's (5-1) and Hofstra (2-1).
Last season, Harvard, which owns a 29-8-1 all-time record versus Yale, the Crimson downed the Bulldogs, 3-1, in New Haven.
Eleven (11) Bulldogs have tallied a point so far in 2014, led by Fannie Coxe's nine (3g, 3a). Sarah McCauley and Geneva Decker have three goals apiece as well for the team lead on the attack. Melissa Gavin has had a helping foot this season, dishing out a team-high four assists.
In goal stand a pair of keepers for Yale in Elise Wilcox and Rachel Ames. In seven games, Wilcox has allowed just three goals, while racking up 26 saves for a 2-1-0 record. Ames owns a 3-2-0 record, giving up four tallies and making 18 saves.
Following its bout with Yale, the Crimson is set for visits from Boston University, a midweek matinee at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Cornell for a 1:30 p.m. affair on Saturday.