The seniors have been a part of two Ivy League titles (Harvard OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Celebrating a standout senior class that has produced two Ivy League championships and 36 victories, Harvard women's soccer will take the field at home for the final time in 2017-18 when Dartmouth comes to town Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. The contest can be viewed on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- Harvard's seniors Marie Becker, Caroline Chagares, Candy Janachowski and Dani Stollar – playing in defense and midfield – have combined for eight points this season on three goals and two assists. For their careers, they have contributed a combined 22 points while helping the team to 29 shutouts. Additionally, classmate Caroline Ashford joined the team this season after three seasons as an attacker on the lacrosse team, where she netted 14 goals.
- 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. Stollar and freshmen Murphy Agnew and Linda Liedel have each netted a pair of scores.
- Harvard is unbeaten at home against Dartmouth since 2005, and won 2-0 in Hanover a year ago.
Last Time Out
Celebrating its 40th anniversary with nearly 100 alumna in attendance, Harvard women's soccer came up short against Princeton, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Freshman Linda Liedel scored her second-career goal in the first half, assisted by classmate Maria DiMartinis and junior Niki Young. Both teams tallied six shots on goal, with the Tigers leading in overall shots, 14-7. Junior Leah Mohammadi led the Crimson with two attempts in the game.
Harvard is 7-8 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 1.25.
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 is one off the league-lead with three game-winning goals. Junior Danielle Etzel is third in the league with a 0.91 goals-against average and fourth with a .825 save percentage.
The Big Green is 6-9 on the season, including a 0-5 mark in the Ivy League. Remy Borinsky leads the team with five goals and 11 points, while Blanca Ribi has pitched in 10 points. Mariel Gordon has seen the most time in goal, making 51 saves with a 1.37 goals-against average.
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 20-11-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 3-3 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
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Harvard concludes the 2017-18 campaign with a trip to Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 4. The 5 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.