Crimson Heads to Brown for Nonleague Tilt Tuesday

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

Harvard steps out of league play, heading to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer steps out of league play against a familiar foe Tuesday, as the Crimson head to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown for the second time this season. The midweek game – set to kick off at 4:30 p.m. – will not count towards the Ivy League standings. 

All-Time Against the Bears
Harvard boasts a 24-18-3 all-time advantage over Brown in a series that dates back to 1977, the first year of Crimson competition. Harvard has won four straight matches against Brown and six of the last seven. The two teams last faced off Oct. 19, as Marie Margolius propelled the Crimson to a 3-1 win at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.  

Scouting Brown
Brown is coming off a 3-2 double overtime victory over Cornell Saturday. After facing an early deficit, Mika Siegelman's overtime goal gave the Bears the sudden victory in the 103rd minute. Junior forward Chloe Cross paces the squad with 15 points on six goals and three assists.    

Ivy Title Hunt
Through five games, Harvard has amassed 15 points in the Ivy League standings with a 5-0 record. Penn and Brown, with 10 points each, remain close behind with identical 3-1-1 Ancient Eight records. Dartmouth ranks fourth and within striking distance with nine points (3-2). The Crimson has two league games remaining (Dartmouth, Columbia), including Saturday's Senior Day match at Soldiers Field. 

Last Time Out
Freshman Joan Fleischman posted her first career multi-goal game with two scores, leading Harvard past Princeton, 4-0, Saturday. 

Ancient Eight Accolades
For her accoplishments, Fleischman was named the Ivy League Co-Player and Rookie of the Week Monday. The award marked the fourth-straight week that Harvard has earned a nod from the conference. Freshman forward Margaret "Midge" Purce was also named Player and Rookie of the Week Oct. 14, 2013. 

Just Win Baby Win
After stumbling to an 0-3 start, the Crimson is unbeaten over the last 11 games, dating back to Sept. 11. The 11-match unbeaten streak marks the longest since 1999 (9/18-11/6, 13 games). The six-straight wins (Sept. 15-Oct. 5) marked the longest streak for the Crimson since 2009, when Harvard matched that number. 

Down But Not Out
Harvard's opponent has scored first in seven matches this season, but the Crimson has rallied to tie or win four times (2-3-2), including against Brown Oct. 19. Harvard has failed to score just once through 14 matches this season.

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Looking Ahead
Harvard has two conference games remaining. The Crimson resumes league action against Dartmouth on Senior Day Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.