Harvard is unbeaten in its last nine Ivy games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League slate has arrived after nine non-conference outings, and Harvard women's soccer will welcome Penn to kick off the conference slate Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- The Harvard (6-3) defense has been in top form, posting five shutouts over the first nine games. The Crimson back line of seniors Marie Becker, Dani Stollar and Candy Janachowski and sophomore Kimaya Cole has held Providence, Central Connecticut State, St. John's, Boston College and Seton Hall off the scoreboard.
- Junior Leah Mohammadi leads the Crimson with four goals on the season, including three game-winners, while five other players have found the back of the net.
- Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have been tough to stop in goal, combining for five shutouts this season. Etzel has held opponents scoreless in her last 335 minutes of action.
Last Time Out
Sparked by a well-balanced offense, Harvard women's soccer raced past Seton Hall, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Owen T. Carroll Field.
Freshman Linda Liedel and junior Zayne Matulis netted their first-career goals, while junior Leah Mohammadi added her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the win. Mohammadi and freshman Murphy Agnew tallied assists, with Agnew recording a point for her third-straight game. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess combined for the shutout – Harvard's fifth this season – with the pair combining for six saves.
Harvard is 6-3 on the season, with five of its wins coming in shutout fashion. Leah Mohammadi leads the team with four goals and nine points, while Murphy Agnew and Dani Stollar have chipped in seven and three points of their own. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have split time in goal, making 20 and 19 saves, respectively, with a combined goals-against average of just 0.65.
Penn holds a 1-5-2 record on the season, including a 0-2-2 mark away from Philadelphia. Erica Higa leads the team with two goals, while Allie Trzaska has also slotted one across the line. Kitty Qu has seen the most time in goal, making 23 saves with two shutouts.
Harvard leads the series history with Penn, 20-6-2, including shutouts in each of the last three meetings.
Rookie of the Week
Following a torrid week on the field, freshman Murphy Agnew was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 11-17.
Agnew played a significant role in all three Harvard contest, recording one goal and three assists for five points – a mark that led the Ivy League over the past week. The attacker kicked off the week with a two-assist performance against Quinnipiac, and continued with her second-career goal at Villanova. Agnew capped the weekend with a third assist against Seton Hall, setting up classmate Linda Liedel for her first-career score.
In the Nation
Nationally, junior Danielle Etzel has been one of the toughest goalkeepers to beat, as the netminder holds the country's third-best goals-against average (0.21) and fourth-best save percentage (.952). Classmate Leah Mohammadi, meanwhile, has proven to be one of the most clutch players in the country to begin the year, as the Upland, California native ranks 10th nationally with three game-winning goals.
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.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!
Harvard continues Ivy play at Yale Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.