The Crimson is looking for its first Ivy win of the season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for its second Ivy bout away from Cambridge, Harvard women's soccer is set to face Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- The Harvard (6-5) defense has been in top form, with five of its wins coming via shutout this season. The Crimson back line of seniors Marie Becker, Dani Stollar and Candy Janachowski, sophomore Kimaya Cole and freshman Sammy Murrell 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. Murphy Agnew has netted a pair of scores.
- Harvard hasn't fallen to Cornell since the 1993 season, and is 18-0-5 over the 23-game unbeaten stretch.
Last Time Out
Falling in a back-and-forth contest, Harvard women's soccer was stopped short by Yale, 3-0, last Saturday at Reese Stadium.
Harvard tallied 17 shots, including nine on goal, but could not break across the line on the day. Junior Leah Mohammadi tallied seven, while freshmen Lauren Raimondo and Murphy Agnew fired three apiece. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess split time between the posts, making three saves apiece.
Harvard is 6-5 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 25 and 24 saves, respectively, with a combined goals-against average of just 0.89.
The Big Red is 2-4-2 on the season, including a 0-1-1 mark in conference play after drawing with Penn last weekend. Four Cornell attackers have scored this season, with Shelby Wray firing the most shots of the group. Meghan Kennedy has started seven games between the posts, making 39 saves with a 1.60 goals-against average.
Harvard leads the series history with Cornell, 24-3-9, and are unbeaten in each of the last 23 meetings (18-0-5), dating back to 1993.
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 21st-best goals-against average (0.53) and 12th-best save percentage (.893). 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 29th nationally with three game-winning goals. Mohammadi also slots in 15th nationally in shots on goal per game.
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 heads to Boston University for its final nonconference game Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.