The Crimson has four shutouts in its first five outings (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking its talents on the road to face its second-straight ACC opponent, Harvard women's soccer will take on Syracuse on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. The kickoff will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra/ESPN3.
The Opening Kickoff
- The Harvard (4-1) defense has been in top form, posting four shutouts over the first five games. The Crimson has held Providence, Central Connecticut State, St. John's and Boston College off the scoreboard.
- Junior Leah Mohammadi leads the Crimson with three goals on the season, all-game winners, while freshman Murphy Agnew has added one. Seniors Dani Stollar and Candy Janachowski and freshman Maria DiMartinis have recorded assists this season.
- Harvard is 2-1 away from home this season, with both wins leading to a championship at the CCSU Tournament.
Last Time Out
Earning its first victory in series history since 2002, Harvard women's soccer topped Boston College, 1-0, on Thursday night at Jordan Field. The win was the team's fourth shutout in five games this season.
Junior Leah Mohammadi scored the game-winning goal in the 69th minute, finding the top-right corner from 15 yards after a terrific long pass from senior Candy Janachowski, who picked up her first assist of the year. The goal was Mohammadi's third of the season. The Crimson defense put up a strong performance, with junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess combining for the shutout in goal with four and two saves, respectively.
Harvard is 4-1 on the season, with each of its wins coming in shutout fashion. Leah Mohammadi leads the team with three goals, while four other Harvard teammates have found themselves on the scoresheet. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have split time in goal, making 14 and 10 saves, respectively, with four total shutouts.
Syracuse is 4-2-1 on the season, posting wins over Bucknell, Army West Point, Cornell and Fairfield. Sydney Brackett leads the team with four goals, while Kate Donovan has added three of her own. Courtney Brosnan has started every game in goal, making 21 saves with one shutout.
Harvard won the only previous matchup between the two schools, 1-0, on Sept. 5, 2005.
The Clutch Gene
Junior Leah Mohammadi has proven to be one of the most clutch players in the country to begin the year, as the Upland, California native ranks second nationally with three game-winning goals. In goal, classmate Danielle Etzel holds the 15th-best save percentage in the country at .933, and sophomore Kat Hess is close behind at .909.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 19-8-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 2-0 with two shutouts in 2017.
Continuing to play at an elite level following a dynamic career at Harvard, Margaret Purce '17 was called up to the United States senior Women's National Soccer team for the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Purce became the first player in program history to earn a call up to the national level with the United States.
At the Helm
Chris Hamblin is in his second season as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. Hamblin was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year in his inaugural season, helping the Crimson to the Ivy League title with a 10-4-3 overall record, including an unbeaten 5-0-2 mark in Ancient Eight action.
Ivy League Network
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Harvard returns to Jordan Field for a 4 p.m. kickoff with Quinnipiac on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The game will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Network.