Harvard to Test First-Place Women's Soccer Saturday at Roberts Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium
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The Princeton women's soccer team will look to continue its outstanding start to the Ivy League season when the Tigers host rival Harvard Saturday evening.
Princeton is 4-0 in the Ivy League for the first time since 2004, when it finished 7-0 in Ivy play, and are on a seven-match winning streak, the team's longest since 2007.
Here are some pregame notes:
Harvard holds a 22-9-1 advantage in the all-time series and a current two-match winning streak since Princeton last won at Harvard in 2009.
Harvard has won both meetings on Myslik Field, in 2008 and 2010.
Princeton has taken five of its nine wins in the series since 2001. Over those 11 meetings, the series is tied 5-5-1.
Princeton senior Jen Hoy has both goals Princeton has scored against Harvard over the last three meetings, scoring in a 1-0 win at Harvard in 2009 and getting the first goal in a 2-1 loss at Harvard in 2011.
The Tigers' current starting goalkeeper, senior Claire Pinciaro, played the last 21 minutes of the 2010 loss to Harvard and did not give up a goal.
Princeton senior forward Jen Hoy zoomed to the top of the NCAA statistical rankings in goals per game this week with 15 goals in Princeton's 13 games. She had her third hat trick of the season last week against Lehigh and added another in Princeton's 2-1 win over Columbia Saturday.
Hoy ranks third in the nation, though games of last Sunday, in total goals behind three players at 16 goals apiece.
Hoy was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the third time this season and fourth in her career. She tied current assistant coach Esmeralda Negron '05 for the Princeton record for number of Ivy Player of the Week honors in a season, and she is one behind Negron for a record number of honors in a career.
Hoy's 15 goals are the second-most in a single season in Princeton history behind Negron's 20 in 2004.
Hoy had 18 goals coming into the season and has nearly matched that total with her 15 this year. Her previous season-high came last season with eight.
Hoy stands fourth on the Princeton career goals list with 33, behind Emily Behncke '06 (39), Linda DeBoer '86 (41) and Negron (47).
Since the Ivy League gained its eighth women's soccer team when Penn's program became varsity in 1991, this is the fourth time the Tigers have started 4-0 in the seven-game league-play schedule. Princeton also did so in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, winning Ivy titles all four times.
If teams behind it keep pace, Princeton needs to go at least 2-0-1 over its last three games to secure the outright Ivy League title.
Princeton's seven-game overall winning streak is its longest since 2007, when the Tigers also won seven in a row. A win would give Princeton its longest winning streak since winning 10 in a row in 2004.
Princeton has the top-scoring offense in the Ivy League and the No. 7 scoring offense in the nation, averaging 2.69 goals per game.
Sophomore Jessica Haley leads the Ivy League with seven assists, three more than any other Ivy Leaguer.
The Crimson are undefeated over their last six games with a record of 4-0-2. Harvard has scored four goals in each of the last two games, last Saturday at Brown and Tuesday against Holy Cross.
Sophomore Meg Casscells-Hamby has scored six of the team's 24 goals this season, while senior Taryn Kurcz and junior Elizabeth Weisman have four apiece. Casscells-Hamby is the Ivy leader in shots with 52.
In goal, sophomore Bethany Kanten has played every minute in all four Ivy League games and has played 85 percent of the team's minutes in goal overall. She has a 1.21 GAA, saving 74.1 percent of shots on goal.