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Visit to Harvard Up Next For Women's Soccer

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/22/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Princeton will head to Harvard to cap a busy Saturday of games between the two schools.
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Princeton will head to Harvard Saturday to cap a full day of Tiger athletics action against the Crimson. The women's soccer game will begin at 7 p.m., following field hockey, football, women's hockey and men's soccer Saturday on the banks of the Charles.

If you're attending: Parking information is available here. Admission to the women's soccer game is free.

Princeton Head to Head: Princeton vs. Harvard
    Harvard    
5-4-4, 0-3-1 Ivy
Record 8-3-2, 4-0-0 Ivy
NCAA Second Round Postseason 2012 None
1.29
GAA  0.89
1.29
Goals Per Game  2.16
Tyler Lussi (6)
Leading Scorer Margaret Purce (8)
Darcy Hargadon (4-3-4 W-L-T, 1.28 GAA)
Top Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack (4-0-0 W-L-T, 0.79 GAA)
10-22-1 All-Time Record vs. Opponent 22-10-1
2012 Last Win vs. Opponent 2011


On Harvard: The Crimson are on a roll, going undefeated in their last 10 games at 8-0-2 after an 0-3 start. Harvard has scored 13 goals in its last three Ivy League games, highlighted by a 7-2 whipping of Cornell two weekends ago. Harvard has used three goalkeepers over its last four games, with Lizzie Durack playing the first half in all four and Bethany Kanten and Cheta Emba getting time in the second half during the course of those four games. Eleven Crimson players have scored a goal this season, with rookie Margaret Purce having scored eight of the team's 29 goals.

On the series: Harvard leads the all-time series 22-10-1, with the only tie coming in 2003. From Princeton's first varsity year in 1980 through 2000, Harvard led the series 17-4, including a series-best eight-game win streak from 1993-2000. Since 2001, Princeton leads 6-5-1.

OT Tigers: Princeton has played five overtime games this season, tying four and losing one. It's the most overtime games in a season for Princeton since 2009, when the team played a program-record six OT games.

Home field advantage?: Princeton and Harvard have successfully defended their home turf in the last two seasons, but Harvard won in Princeton in 2010 and Princeton won at Harvard in 2009. Overall, Harvard leads the series against the Tigers 10-5-1 at home.

Around the Ivy League: The league will be idle Wednesday through Friday before getting things going again Saturday with three league contests. While Harvard (4-0) will look to keep its perfect Ivy record going against the Tigers (0-3-1) Saturday, Yale (2-2) will head to Penn (3-1) in a battle of teams trying to stay on the Crimson's heels. Sunday, Brown (2-1-1) will go to Cornell (1-3) looking to do the same. Columbia (0-2-2) will go to Dartmouth (2-2) Saturday aiming for its first Ivy win.

League-leading Tigers: Tyler Lussi co-leads the Ivy with three other players with three game-winning goals.

League-leading Crimson: Margaret Purce takes the most shots in the Ivy League with 56 and 4.31 per game. Peyton Johnson is one of five players to co-lead the Ivy with six assists. Cheta Emba leads the Ivy in goals-against average at 0.22 and save percentage at .909.

Last meeting: Princeton dealt Harvard its second Ivy loss of the season and improved to 5-0 with an 80th-minute goal and an 82nd-minute goal from Jen Hoy to win 3-1. Princeton outshot Harvard 14-6 overall and forced Bethany Kanten to make six saves in addition to the three goals on Oct. 20, 2012 at Roberts Stadium.

Common foes: The Tigers and Crimson have no non-league common opponents, but among Ivy foes, both teams have already faced Yale and Brown. Harvard beat both by 3-1 scores, while Princeton lost in OT to the Bulldogs 3-2 and in regulation to the Bears 2-0.

Rookie record: Tyler Lussi's six goals are the most for a Princeton freshman in seven years, since Vicki Anagnostopoulos '10 scored six times in 2006. Diana Matheson '08 had seven in 2004. The Princeton freshman scoring record is 13 by Sue Mooney '85 in 1981. If Lussi ends the season as the team's leading scorer, she'd be the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jen Hoy '13 (three goals) in 2009.

Tough defeat: Princeton experienced a rare kind of game last weekend against Columbia when it scored three times but didn't get a win. It was the second time in as many seasons that Princeton has scored as many as three goals but didn't come away with a win (4-4 vs. Colgate in 2012), but prior to that, Princeton hadn't lost or tied a game in which it had scored three goals since 1994. 

Rookies: Six of the nine total freshmen have seen action in at least three of Princeton's first 13 games, and three, including Tyler Lussi, Jesse McDonough and Fiona McKenna, have played in all 13 games. McKenna is the only one to have started all 13 and is one of two players in any class to have started all 13 games thus far, along with Gabrielle Ragazzo.

The coach: Julie Shackford is in her 19th season leading Princeton and has 194 wins as the Tigers' coach. Princeton has played in eight NCAA tournaments under Shackford, who, in addition to being the winningest soccer coach in Princeton history on the men's or women's side, is the third-longest tenured coach in an Ivy League where long tenures are more rule than exception. Only Brown's Phil Pincince (37th season) and Columbia's Kevin McCarthy (20th season) have been at their posts longer among active Ivy women's soccer coaches, and Yale's Rudy Meredith is also in his 19th season.

Going dancing: Princeton advanced to the NCAA tournament last season for the eighth time under head coach Julie Shackford and won a postseason game away from Princeton for the first time in program history. The Tigers won at West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 2-1 for their first NCAA tournament victory since 2004.

Between the posts: Senior Cecilia Di Caprio and junior Darcy Hargadon are the only Tigers to have played in goal this season, and neither was a regular starter prior to this season. Hargadon has started 11 games and had five shutouts, while Di Caprio has started two games, Sept. 24 at Fordham and Oct. 12 at Brown, while also subbing in Oct. 5 at Dartmouth.

Up next: The Tigers will have their final non-league game of the season when they head to Colgate (8-4-1 through last weekend) next Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Raiders will be playing their third game in seven days when they face Princeton.

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