The Crimson has shut out five opponents in 2017 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Continuing conference action with its first contest on the road, Harvard women's soccer treks to Yale for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 30. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- The Harvard (6-4) defense has been in top form, shutting out half of its opponents in 2017. 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. Both goalkeepers boast a goals-against average under 1.00.
Last Time Out
Set back in its 2017 Ivy debut, Harvard women's soccer fell in a defensive battle to Penn, 1-0, last Saturday at Jordan Field.
The Crimson (6-4, 0-1 Ivy) and Quakers (2-5-2, 1-0 Ivy) each fired 10 shots, with the Crimson holding a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. Nine different Harvard players took a shot, led by two from freshman Murphy Agnew. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess split time in goal, making two saves apiece.
Harvard is 6-4 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 22 and 21 saves, respectively, with a combined goals-against average of just 0.69.
The Bulldogs are 6-3-1 on the season, including a 0-1 mark to open Ivy play after falling to Princeton. Michelle Alozie leads the team with five goals and 14 points, while Noelle Higginson has contributed three scores. Alyssa Fagel has seen the most time in goal, making 22 saves with one shutout.
Harvard leads the series history with Yale, 32-8-2, and are unbeaten in each of the last nine 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 ninth-best goals-against average (0.32) and sixth-best save percentage (.917). 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 17th nationally with three game-winning goals.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 20-9-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 3-1 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 continues Ivy play at Cornell Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.