Harvard has won four of its last five games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking a two-game road trip in its final pre-Ivy action, Harvard women's soccer will take on Villanova Sept. 15 and Seton Hall Sept. 17. Kickoffs are set for 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast on NovaNation All Access and the Pirate Sports Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- The Harvard (5-2) defense has been in top form, posting four shutouts over the first seven games. The Crimson back line of Marie Becker, Dani Stollar, Candy Janachowski and Kimaya Cole 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 Stollar, senior Caroline Chagares and freshman Murphy Agnew have also scored.
- Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have been tough to stop in goal, combining for four shutouts this season. Etzel has held opponents scoreless in her last 245 minutes of action.
Last Time Out
Earning its fifth victory of the year in walk-off fashion, Harvard women's soccer pushed past Quinnipiac, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday afternoon at Jordan Field.
The Crimson got goals from seniors Caroline Chagares and Dani Stollar, while freshman Murphy Agnew recorded her first-career two-assist game with a well-placed cross on both goals. Sophomore Kat Hess and junior Danielle Etzel split time in goal, making three and two saves apiece in the win.
Harvard is 5-2 on the season, with four of its wins coming in shutout fashion. Leah Mohammadi leads the team with three goals and six points, while Murphy Agnew and Dani Stollar have chipped in four and three points of their own. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have split time in goal, making 18 and 14 saves, respectively, with four total shutouts.
Villanova holds a 3-4 record, including a 3-2 mark at home. Jasmine Ruiz, Emily Kuefler and Amanda Vocelka all have two goals and five points the lead the offense, while Emily Harris holds a 1.14 goals-against average with two shutouts between the posts.
Harvard leads the series history with Villanova, 2-0, including a 3-0 shutout a year ago in Cambridge.
Scouting Seton Hall
Seton Hall is 0-4-2 on the season, including an 0-1-0 mark at home. A quartet of Pirates have found the back of the net, with Casey Harrigan firing the most shots among goal scorers. Anna MacLean holds a 1.39 goals against average with 24 saves.
The matchup will be the first between the two schools in series history.
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 fifth nationally with three game-winning goals. In goal, classmate Danielle Etzel holds the eighth-best save percentage (.947) and 12th-best goals-against average (0.27).
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 20-8-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 3-0 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
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Harvard opens Ivy League play against Penn at Ohiri Field Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.