CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking for its fourth Ivy League title in the last six seasons, and seventh in 11 years, Harvard women's soccer opens its 2018 campaign with a west coast road trip to California on Friday, August 24, and San Francisco, on Sunday, August 26. The games are set for 5:30 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET kickoffs, respectively.
What to Know
- Harvard returns 81.3 percent of its scoring from a year ago, led by reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year Murphy Agnew.
- A sophomore, Agnew led the team with four goals and 13 points in 2017, while senior Leah Mohammadi followed close behind with four goals and 12 points.
- Senior Danielle Etzel and junior Kat Hess shared the goalkeeping responsibilities in 2017, combining for a 1.14 goals-against average and .826 save percentage. Etzel capped the season with a 16-save shutout against Columbia, earning her United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week honors.
- Harvard and Cal have only met once previously, with Cal earning a 2-1 victory in 2013. The Crimson leads the series with San Francisco, 2-1, winning the last meeting in 2014, 1-0.
- Harvard announced a talented freshman class in the spring, with newcomers Sophie Hirst and Lara Schenk earning time with the U-18 United States and U-19 Germany national teams, respectively, over the summer.
At The Helm
Chris Hamblin leads the Crimson in his third season as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. The Ivy League Coach of the Year in the award's inaugural season, Hamblin holds a 18-12-4 record at the helm of the program.
Harvard returns to Cambridge for its home opener on Thursday, August 30 against Syracuse. The 3 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on ESPN+.