Women’s Soccer Heads to Rival Yale

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Unbeaten over its last six games, Harvard women's soccer heads to rival Yale for an Ivy League matchup Saturday, Oct. 5. The game is set for 4 p.m. at Reese Stadium and will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Ivy League Digital Network

Four of Harvard's home matches and select away matches against Ivy League opponents will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch contests both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.


Last Time Out

Riding a five-game win streak into the match, Harvard downed Central Connecticut State University, 2-0, Sunday night at CCSU Soccer Field. Sophomore forward Emily Mosbacher registered her first goal of the season to give the Crimson the win.

Just Win Baby Win

After stumbling to a 0-3 start, the Crimson has ripped off five-straight victories. This marks the longest win streak for the Crimson since Oct. 11-Nov. 5 (five games) of 2011.   

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Fresh Faces

Six Crimson freshmen have started at least one game this season, led by Bailey Gary who has started all nine at back. Eight rookies have seen action and freshmen Margaret Purce (11) and Karly Zlatic (four) sit atop the team lead in points. Freshmen and sophomores have combined for 24 of the Crimson's 42 points through nine games this season.

Share the Wealth

Thirteen (13) Crimson athletes have registered a point this season. Six Harvard players – Laura Aguilar, Joan Fleischman, Kristina Garrido, Marie Margolius, Purce and Zlatic – have recorded their first career points this season.

Depth in Net

Three goalkeepers have started between the pipes for the Crimson and will rotate in net. Junior Bethany Kanten has earned four starts, seeing 270 minutes in net and posting a 1.67 goals against average. Junior Cheta Emba has started three games, maintaining a 0.31 GAA (290 minutes). Freshman Lizzie Durack (2-0) – coming off a UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – earned her first career win in 90 minutes against LIU and has logged 270 minutes with a 0.33 GAA and two shutouts.  

All-Time Against the Bulldogs

Harvard owns a 29-8-1 all-time series advantage over Yale, besting the Bulldogs in each of the last five matches. Always a heated battle, the last four meetings have been decided by one goal and the last two have been golden goal affairs. A year ago, Meg Cascells-Hamby connected in the 95th minute to push the Crimson to a 1-0 overtime win.

Scouting Yale (5-3, 1-0)

Defeating Princeton in overtime in its last outing, Yale enters the weekend with a 5-3 record, including a 1-0 mark in league play. Junior Melissa Gavin paces the Bulldogs with 14 points on six goals and two assists, while classmate Frannie Coxe has dished out a team-high six assists. Sophomore Rachel Ames and junior Elise Wilcox split time between the pipes, each starting four of eight matches and hovering around a 2.00 GAA. Rudy Meredith, the winningest coach in Yale history, has amassed 181 victories in 19 seasons at the helm.

Close Calls

Six of Harvard's nine matches have been decided by one goal or have ended in a draw.

Looking Ahead

Harvard continues its road swing, heading to neighboring Boston University Tuesday, Oct. 8. Game time is set for 7 p.m.