Princeton (5-8-1, 1-3-0 Ivy) at Harvard (9-4-1, 3-0-1 Ivy)
Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Cambridge, Mass.
All-Time Series: Harvard leads 21-9-1; Streak: Harvard 1 overall, Princeton 1 away
On the momentum of a four-match winning streak in which the Princeton women's soccer team has outscored its foes 16-2, the Tigers will look to keep it going against Ivy League-leading Harvard Saturday night in Cambridge.
The season seems to have turned on a dime for the Tigers, who were 1-8-1 less than two weeks ago, having been outscored 19-8 in those 10 games. Since then, Princeton won four games in a span of nine days and picked up its first Ivy League win over Columbia.
Thanks to the recent run of offense by Princeton, 13 Tigers have scored goals this season, the most of any Ivy League team. Junior Jen Hoy, who put in two last weekend against Columbia and added another Tuesday night against Utah Valley, leads the team with six goals while standing as one of four Tigers to co-lead the team with four assists. Five of the 13 players to score a goal this season are freshmen, led by four goals and four assists from Lauren Lazo.
Like Princeton with Hoy, Harvard also has an experienced member of its team atop its offense, as senior Melanie Baskind has a Crimson-best six goals and seven assists. Harvard has almost as many players as Princeton with a goal this season, as 12 Crimson have scored.
Both teams have been trying out several goaltenders this fall. All five Princeton keepers on the roster have seen action with MicKenzie Roberts-Lahti's collegiate debut making that so as of Tuesday night's game against Utah Valley. Junior Claire Pinciaro still leads the team in minutes at 685 on the season with a GAA of 1.84 GAA, though classmate Kristin Watson has played the most as of late, totaling 405 minutes with a GAA of 0.89.
Harvard has used four keepers this season with freshman Bethany Kanten, the current Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week, occupying the goal for half the team's minutes while playing in 11 of 14 games and accruing a GAA of 1.05.
Princeton's last visit to Cambridge came on Oct. 24, 2009 and saw Hoy score a goal with 4:50 to play in regulation that gave the Tigers a 1-0 win. The next year on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium, the shutout went the other way as the Crimson turned a 1-0 advantage into 4-0 in a span of less than six minutes in the second half. The road team has won the last three games in the series.
Once it returns from Cambridge, the Princeton women's soccer team will have one more home game, coming Oct. 29 against Cornell.