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Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 7

Yale's Melissa Gavin (left), Harvard's Lindsey Kowal (center) and Cornell's Abigail Apistolas (right)
Yale's Melissa Gavin (left), Harvard's Lindsey Kowal (center) and Cornell's Abigail Apistolas (right)

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- After the third weekend of conference play, the Ivy League standings tightened up at the top. Harvard's 2-2 tie at Cornell kept the Crimson in the lead with seven points, just one point clear of Penn, Brown, Yale and Columbia.

After playing to a scoreless tie for most of the game, the Crimson and Big Red scored four goals in the final 17 minutes of play in Ithaca, N.Y. Aisha Price gave Harvard a 1-0 lead, only to see Abigail Apistolas equalize for the home side just 16 seconds later. Then at 84:16 Elizabeth Weisman put Harvard back on top, 2-1. But at 88:15 the Big Red rallied again behind a Chitanvis Maneesha tally to move the game to 2-2, where it would end after two scoreless overtime periods.

Playing at home, Yale turned in an emphatic 4-1 win over Dartmouth to keep pace with the cluster of teams tied for second. The Bulldogs scored the game's first three goals and held a 3-0 lead until the Big Green got on the board with an Emma Brush strike at 77:53. All told, four different Bulldogs scored, and Melissa Gavin and Emma Mullo each had a goal and an assist in the win.

Brown came back from an early one-goal deficit to defeat Princeton, 2-1, in Providence, R.I. In a game that saw all three goals scored in the first half, Jen Hoy put the Tigers up 1-0. Brown's Maddie Wiener then scored her second of the year to tie the game at 12:22 and Sarah Hebert-Seropian converted a penalty kick at 24:16 for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett combined to make eight saves in net for the Bears.

In the weekend's other League game, Penn snapped Columbia's two-game Ivy winning streak with a 2-0 road win that moved both squads to 2-1-0 in League action. Kathryn Barth (5:04) and Theresa Yankovich (10:05) scored unassisted goals early in the game and the Quaker defense made those goals stand up the rest of the way. Sarah Banks played the full 90 in the Penn net, recording three save en route to the shutout, while Lions goalkeeper Lillian Klein made six saves.

Cornell senior midfielder Abigail Apistolas (Ashburn, Va.) helped the Big Red earn a tie against Harvard in its only game last week. The team co-captain scored the first goal and then set up the tying goal with under two minutes to play in the second half en route to a 2-2 tie, marking the first time the Big Red took at least a point from the Crimson since 2003.

Additionally, Apistolas' goal was Cornell's first goal against Harvard since 2004. She becomes the first Big Red player to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors since Emily Knight did so on Sept. 15, 2003.

Apistolas' Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, Team: 0-0-1

Senior defender and co-captain Lindsey Kowal (East meadow, N.Y.) helped the Crimson extend its unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-1 win over Fairfield and a 2-2 tie at Cornell last week, making her way onto the score sheet in both games.

Kowal handed out two assists in a comeback win over the Stags on Tuesday as she dished out both assists in the second half. Kowal also assisted on a Crimson goal in the second half at Cornell, helping Harvard remain in first place in the Ivy League standings with a 2-0-1 conference mark.

Kowal's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 3A, 3 Pts., Team: 1-0-1

With a goal and an assist in Yale's 4-1 win over Dartmouth, freshman forward Melissa Gavin (Duxbury, Mass.) helped make sure the Bulldogs remained in the thick of the Ivy title race after the third weekend of League play.

After suffering a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Harvard last weekend, Yale head coach Rudy Meredith knew it was important for his team to get off to a strong start against Dartmouth. Gavin helped make sure the Bulldogs did. She scored the first goal of the game at 19:08 when she blasted a left-footed shot into the top left corner from 20 yards out. Gavin then set up Yale's second goal a little more than 10 minutes later when she fed Kristen Forster, who split the defense and slipped a shot inside the far post. Gavin joins classmate Meredith Speck as Bulldogs to be named Ivy League Rookies of the Week honors this season.

Gavin's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, Team: 1-0-0

Kathryn Barth, Penn (So., F - Bethesda, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG

Jen Hoy, Princeton (Jr., F - Sellersville, Pa.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shot, 2 SOG

Bethany Kanten, Harvard (Fr., GK - Park City, Utah)
2-1  GP-GS, 155:00 Mins., 2 GA, 1.16 GAA, 7 SVS, 1-0-1

Emma Mullo, Yale (Sr., M - Floral Park, N.Y.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG

Maddie Weiner, Brown (So., M - Portland, Ore.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG

Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Brown and Penn play non-conference games - including two by the Tigers - during the week before Saturday's four Ivy League games.

Kicking off the Ivy action, Brown plays at Harvard. The Crimson (2-0-1 Ivy) is the League's only unbeaten team, while the Bears (2-1-0) are just one point behind Harvard in the standings.

Cornell (0-2-1) hits the road to play at Yale (2-1-0), with both teams trying to build upon one-game unbeaten marks in League play.

Columbia (2-1-0) will look to snap a three-game losing streak at Princeton while also trying to keep pace with the four teams tied for second in the standings. The Tigers, who also enter the week looking to snap a three-game losing streak, will be trying for their first Ivy win of the year when they host the Lions.

Finally, Penn (2-1-0) plays host to Dartmouth (1-2-0). The Quakers will enter the match shooting for at least their tenth win of the year and the Big Green will be looking to move to .500 on the year in Ivy play.

Monday, October 10
Francis Marion at Princeton, 7 pm

Tuesday, October 11
Yale at Fairfield, 7 pm
Siena at Harvard, 7 pm

Wednesday, October 12
Francis Marion at Brown, 4 pm
NJIT at Penn, 7 pm
Lehigh at Princeton, 7 pm

Saturday, October 15
*Brown at Harvard, 1 pm
*Cornell at Yale, 3:30 pm
*Columbia at Princeton, 4 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 5 pm

* - denotes Ivy League contest