The team is coming off a 2-1 win over Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bringing a close to the 2017-18 campaign, Harvard women's soccer will travel to Columbia for a 5 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Kickoff
- Freshman Murphy Agnew and junior Leah Mohammadi lead the Crimson with four goals on the season, while also dishing five and four assists, respectively. Six other players have scored this season, including two goals each from senior Dani Stollar and freshman Linda Liedel.
- Harvard is in search of its third Ivy victory of the season. The Crimson has won at least three Ivy outings in each of the last 10 seasons.
- Harvard has won each of the last nine meetings with Columbia, including a double overtime thriller a year ago that gave Harvard the Ivy League title. Harvard is 27-3-1 against the Lions all-time.
Last Time Out
Sending a stellar senior class off with a win in their final home game, Harvard women's soccer earned a 2-1 victory in double overtime over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Freshman Murphy Agnew led the offense with a career-high two goals, while junior Danielle Etzel was impeccable between the pipes, making a career-high 13 saves in the win. Junior Leah Mohammadi tied a career-best with two assists, while freshman Maria DiMartinis also recorded an assist.
Harvard is 8-8 on the season, including a 2-4 mark in Ivy League play. Freshman Murphy Agnew and junior Leah Mohammadi have each scored four times, while combining for five of the team's eight game-winners. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have split time in goal, making 46 and 33 saves, respectively, while saving a combined 80 percent of shots.
Rookie of the Week
The Ancient Eight's top goal scorer over the past week, Harvard women's soccer forward Murphy Agnew was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the span of Oct. 23-29.
Agnew netted a career-best two scores in a 2-1 victory over Dartmouth in double overtime. The New Hope, Pennsylvania native kicked off the scoring in the 30th minute after a left-footed shot from 15 yards off a great feed from junior Leah Mohammadi. Harvard then walked off with the win after Agnew connected with Mohammadi and classmate Maria DiMartinis for a 20-yard golden goal to the side netting.
Agnew was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 11-17.
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. She also ranks second among first-year players in points. Junior Leah Mohammadi is one off the league-lead with three game-winning goals, while ranking ninth in assists. Junior Danielle Etzel is third in the league with a 0.91 goals-against average and a .852 save percentage.
Harvard has a chance to play spoiler with the Lions on Saturday, who hold a 9-5-1 overall record and 5-1 Ivy mark, which is tied for the top of the table with Princeton. Natalie Neshat leads the team with nine goals and 19 points, while Emma Anderson has pitched in eight scores and 18 points. Sophie Whitehouse has seen the lion's share in goal, making 57 saves with a .838 save percentage.
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.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 21-11-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard went 4-3 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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