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Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 5

Harvard's Bethany Kanten (left) and Melanie Baskind (right) combined for Rookie and Player of the Week honors (photos courtesy of Gil Talbot)
Harvard's Bethany Kanten (left) and Melanie Baskind (right) combined for Rookie and Player of the Week honors (photos courtesy of Gil Talbot)

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy play began this past weekend, with Harvard and Columbia claiming the first League wins on Friday night. Yale followed with an Ivy win on Saturday, and Brown closed the weekend by taking the final League win in overtime on Sunday.

Harvard played host to Penn and came away with a 2-0 win on two Melanie Baskind tallies scored just under 12 minutes apart, with the last of the two coming at 24:42. Both of Baskind’s goals were assisted by Peyton Johnson.

Columbia started its Ivy slate on a positive note with a 3-1 win at Cornell. Chelsea Ryan and Ashlin Yahr scored on either side of a Big Red own goal to lead the Lions to a third consecutive victory.

The Bulldogs travelled south to take on Princeton and after scoring two goals in a 36-second span early in the second half, Yale came away with a 2-0 win. Kristen Forster put Yale on the board and seconds later Melissa Gavin added the insurance tally.

Brown and Dartmouth closed out week one of Ivy play when they met on Sunday afternoon in Providence, R.I. The Bears and Big Green played to a scoreless tie after 90 minutes, but in the first overtime stanza, Marybeth Lesbirel scored her first of the year to lift Brown to the overtime win. The game-winning goal was assisted by Maddie Wiener and Allison Kagawa.

Harvard senior midfielder Melanie Baskind (Framingham, Mass.), who leads the Crimson in scoring this season, tallied a total of six points in Harvard’s two victories last week.

In the Ivy opener against Penn on Friday, Baskind scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over the Quakers, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Crimson and helping Harvard start conference play with a win. Baskind scored both goals in the first half (13:02 and 24:42). In Sunday’s 4-1 win over New Hampshire, Baskind assisted on two tallies, as Harvard improved to 5-4 overall on the season. Baskind was last named Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 25, 2010.

Baskind’s Weekly Stats
2-1 GP-GS, 2G, 2A, 6 Pts., 6 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0

In the Ivy League opener against Penn Friday, Harvard freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kanten (Park City, Utah) recorded three saves in the second half to combine with teammate Cheta Emba for the shutout. Harvard led, 2-0, when Kanten came into the game, but she stopped all three shots she faced to preserve the victory. Kanten then started in Harvard’s 4-1 victory against New Hampshire Sunday and also did not allow a goal, finishing the week with three saves and no goals allowed in 90 minutes of action.

Kanten’s Weekly Stats
2-0 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 3 SVS, Team: 2-0-0

MC Barrett, Brown (So., GK - Ithaca, N.Y.)
2-0 GP-GS, 101:00 Mins., 1 GA, 0.89 GAA, 8 SVS, .889 SV%

Maneesha Chitanvis, Cornell (Jr., F - Los Alamos, N.M.)
3-3  GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG

Liana Cornacchio, Princeton (Fr., F - Briarcliff, N.Y.)
2-2  GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG

Kristen Forster, Yale (Jr., M - Trumbull, Conn.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG

Melissa Gavin, Yale (Fr., F - Duxbury, Mass.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG

Marybeth Lesbirel, Brown (Sr., M - Holmdel, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG

Chelsea Ryan, Columbia (So., M - Avon, Conn.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG

Tasha Wilkins, Dartmouth (Fr., F - Portland, Ore.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG

The upcoming week includes five non-conference games and the second set of League games for the Ivies, with each squad looking to assert itself as 2011 Ivy title contenders.

In an interesting early season schedule quirk, the four winners from week one will play each other, while the four losing teams from week one also clash.

The teams will be focused on earning positive results. In fact, since round-robin play began in women’s soccer in 1982, no League champion has finished with more than one loss in Ivy play.   

Tuesday, September 27
Massachusetts at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Wednesday, September 28
Brown at Rhode Island, 7 pm
Cornell at Lafayette, 7 pm

Friday, September 30
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm

Saturday, October 1
*Harvard at Yale, 4 pm
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 4:30 pm
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm

Sunday, October 2
St. Francis (Pa.) at Penn, 1 pm

Monday, October 3
Columbia at Lehigh, 7 pm

* - denotes Ivy League contest