Mohammadi leads the Crimson with 10 points this season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting the second of three-straight Ivy League clashes as it celebrates the program's 40th anniversary, Harvard women's soccer welcomes No. 17 Princeton to Jordan Field on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- Harvard earned its first Ivy League victory at Cornell, using goals from Niki Young, Dani Stollar and Lauren Raimondo to surpass the Big Red, 3-1.
- 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. Freshman Murphy Agnew and Stollar have each netted a pair of scores.
- Harvard has won three of the last four meetings with Princeton, and five of the last seven, including a 1-0 win in New Jersey a year ago.
Last Time Out
Taking the field in a back-and-forth contest, Harvard women's soccer fell to Brown on Saturday afternoon at Ohiri Field, 1-0.
Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess made key saves throughout the match, ending with three apiece. The Crimson tallied 12 shots offensively, including a team-high five from junior Leah Mohammadi.
Harvard is 7-7 on the season, with five of its wins coming in shutout fashion. Leah Mohammadi leads the team with four goals and 10 points, while Murphy Agnew and Dani Stollar have chipped in nine and five points of their own. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have split time in goal, making 33 saves apiece with a combined goals-against average of just 0.91.
Harvard women's soccer is celebrating its 40th anniversary over the weekend, a stretch that is highlighted by 13 Ivy League championships, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three three quarterfinal placements, 22 All-America selections and countless All-Ivy honorees. Over the 40 years, the Crimson has 360 victories with a .629 winning percentage.
Chasing the League Lead
Freshman Murphy Agnew is just one assist shy of the league lead, as the attacker has dished five helpers this season. Junior Leah Mohammadi is tied for ninth in the league with four goals, and third with three game-winning goals. Both goalkeepers, junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess, rank in the top-five in save percentage.
Ranked 17th in the country, Princeton enters the matchup with an 11-2 record, including a 3-1 mark in Ivy League play. Abby Givens leads the team with nine goals and 22 points, while Courtney O'Brien has also added seven scores. Natalie Grossi has started 12 games between the posts, holding a 0.42 goals-against average with 36 saves.
News & Notes
- Junior Danielle Etzel was featured by the Ivy League Oct. 12 about playing against her twin sister, Brown's Christine Etzel.
- Lizzie Durack '17 earned an opening day start for Everton in September.
- Harvard women's soccer garnered a team academic award from United Soccer Coaches.
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 contests, 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.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 20-10-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 3-2 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 hosts Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Jordan Field. The 1 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.