Women’s Soccer Seeks Ivy Title on Senior Day vs. Dartmouth

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Harvard celebrates after taking a 2-0 lead over Princeton, a match the Crimson would win 4-0 last Saturday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seeking its 11th Ivy League title and fourth in six years, Harvard women's soccer welcomes Dartmouth to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium for Senior Day Saturday, Nov. 2. Four seniors – Kristina Garrido, Peyton Johnson, Elizabeth Weisman and Jessica Wright – will be honored before the 1 p.m. match.   

Ivy Title Hunt
Through five games, Harvard has amassed 15 points in the Ivy League standings with a 5-0 record. A win over Dartmouth will secure the Ivy League title. A draw will ensure at least a share, with one more league game remaining against Columbia. Penn and Brown, with 10 points each, remain close behind with identical 3-1-1 Ancient Eight records. The Quakers and Bears square off Saturday at 7 p.m. Dartmouth ranks fourth and within striking distance with nine points (3-2).

All-Time Against the Big Green
Harvard owns a slim 17-15-3 all-time advantage over Dartmouth and the two teams have been extremely competitive as of late. The series is tied over the last five meetings, 2-2-1, with Dartmouth taking last year's meeting, 2-0, in Hanover, N.H.

Scouting Dartmouth (7-5-3, 3-2-0)
Senior Emma Brush and sophomore Corey Delaney pace Dartmouth offensively, accounting for 26 of the Big Green's 61 points. Junior Tatiana Saunders will be between the pipes for Dartmouth, holding a 0.89 goals against average with 56 saves. In the midst of her third season at the helm of Dartmouth, head coach Theresa Romagnolo led her squad to a nine-game turnaround a year ago, as the Big Green finished second in Ivy play.

Last Time Out
Senior captain Elizabeth Weisman scored in the 99th minute to lead the Crimson over Brown Tuesday in nonleague action at Stevenson Field.

Ancient Eight Accolades
With two goals in the 4-0 win over Princeton last weekend, Joan 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 a 0-3 start, the Crimson is unbeaten over the last 12 games, dating back to Sept. 11. The 12-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. Harvard has also won four-straight matches.

Home Cookin'
The Crimson holds a 19-4-5 home record since moving to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

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 15 matches this season.

Share the Wealth
Fourteen (14) Crimson athletes have registered two-plus points this season. Six Harvard players – Laura Aguilar, Joan Fleischman, Kristina Garrido, Marie Margolius, Midge Purce and Karly Zlatic – have recorded their first career points this season. 

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Depth in Net
Three goalkeepers have started between the pipes for the Crimson and will rotate in net. Junior Cheta Emba has started seven games, maintaining a 0.18 GAA with 15 saves (506 minutes). Freshman Lizzie Durack (5-0) – coming off a UEFA finals appearance with England's U19 team – has earned two shutouts in 2013 and has logged 553 minutes with a 0.65 GAA. Junior Bethany Kanten has earned five starts in seven games played, seeing 339 minutes in net and posting a 1.86 goals against average.

Close Calls
Eight of Harvard's 15 matches have been decided by one goal or have ended in a draw.

Looking Ahead
The Crimson has one conference game remaining. Harvard hits the road to face Columbia Saturday, Nov. 9.