Harvard is 1-1 over its first two games (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to action for a pair of games over the weekend at the CCSU Tournament, Harvard women's soccer will take on Central Connecticut State on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. before concluding tournament action against St. John's Sunday, Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. Both matchups will be broadcast on NEC Front Row.
The Opening Kickoff
- A plethora of top contributors from 2016 are back for Harvard, including senior Dani Stollar, who was a first team All-Ivy honoree a year ago. Junior Leah Mohammadi is the Crimson's top-returning scorer with nine points, including a team-best five assists, while senior Caroline Chagares and junior Zayne Matulis each tallied two points.
- The Crimson has opened the season with a 1-1-0 mark, with Mohammadi netting the game-winning goal in the opener vs. Providence (W, 1-0).
- Harvard is unbeaten in the last five meetings with the Blue Devils, while Sunday's bout with St. John's will be the first in series history.
Last Time Out
Playing away from home for the first time, Harvard fell to crosstown rival Northeastern, 2-0, on Tuesday evening at Parsons Field.
Junior Danielle Etzel made a game-high four saves between the posts in the first half, while sophomore Kat Hess tallied a trio of stops in the second. The Crimson tallied seven shots in the game, led by two apiece from junior Leah Mohammadi and freshman Murphy Agnew.
Harvard is 1-1 on the season, earning a 1-0 win over Providence before falling to Northeastern, 2-0. Leah Mohammadi put Harvard on the scoresheet against the Friars directly from a corner kick, while junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess have stopped seven and five shots, respectively, over the two games.
Scouting Central Connecticut State
Central Connecticut is 2-1 on the season, earning victories over Massachusetts and Rhode Island before falling to Providence. Jenna Rae Covello leads the team with two goals, while Danielle Pierce has added a goal and an assist. Ashley Cavanaugh has two wins in net, making 11 saves with a pair of shutouts.
Harvard leads the all-time series with the Blue Devils, 8-2-1, posting shutouts in each of the past five meetings.
Scouting St. John's
The Red Storm is 2-0-1 in 2017, posting wins over Marist and Farfield with a tie at La Salle. Christina Bellero has totaled three goals and seven points to lead the offense, while four other players have found the back of the net. Jordan Kamp has seen the most action between the posts, making nine saves.
The meeting between the two programs will be the first in series history.
The Class of 2021
Adding to a highly-successful program that captured its third Ivy title in four years in 2016, Harvard women's soccer announced the program's incoming class of 2021 over the summer: Murphy Agnew, Maria DiMartinis, Cammie Dopke, Linda Liedel, Chamberlain Mathis, Sammy Murrell and Lauren Raimondo.
Full release: Women's Soccer Announces Class of 2021
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 18-8-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 5-1-2 at home in 2016 with four shutouts.
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
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Harvard hosts Boston College on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be a student rewards game, and will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the Ivy League Network.