PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a successful set of midweek games in which the Ivies combined to go 6-0-0 and outscore their opposition by a 25-1 margin, Harvard, Penn and Yale each won closely contested League games on Saturday afternoon to start to build some separation in the standings. With four Ivy games in the books for each team, Harvard (3-0-1) is top of the table with 10 points, followed by Penn (3-1-0) and Yale (3-1-0), who each have nine points.
The Crimson kept its unbeaten streak in Ivy play alive with a 2-1 win over the visiting Brown Bears. The visitors took a 1-0 lead through Kiersten Berg in the first half, but second half strikes by Harvard’s Melanie Baskind and freshman Mai Le ensured the Crimson improved its overall unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). It was Le’s first of career goal for Harvard.
Home standing Yale defeated Cornell in overtime, 2-1, on an Enma Mullo golden goal scored at 97:40 on a free kick, her second free-kick goal of the game. Cornell’s Xandra Hompe tied the game, 1-1, at 47:00, setting the stage for Mullo’s overtime heroics. Big Red goalkeeper Megan Bartlett made nine saves including four in the second half, to help send the game to overtime.
Kathryn Barth scored two goals, one in each half, to lead Penn to a 2-0 home win over Dartmouth. The Quakers defense was stout in not allowing a shot on goal by the Big Green, and Barth’s fifth and sixth goals of the year did the rest as Penn tied a program record by winning its sixth game in a row (also done in 2001 and 2007).
Princeton mirrored the other victorious Ivy teams by winning at
home, downing Columbia 4-1. In mid-week, non-conference action, the
Tigers downed Francis Marion, 6-0, and Lehigh, 1-0, for a
three-game winning streak. Lauren Lazo scored just
59 second into the game and Jen Hoy finished with
two goals to lead Princeton past the Lions for the Tigers’
first League win of the season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn sophomore forward Kathryn Barth (Bethesda, Md.) put together a nine-point week in a game and a half of soccer to lead the Quakers to wins over NJIT and Dartmouth. She notched a goal and three assists in the first half of Penn’s 8-0 win over NJIT (she was rested in the second half) and followed up that performance by accounting for both goals in Penn’s vital 2-0 home Ivy win over Dartmouth.
In the win over the Big Green, Barth put the Quakers on the board at 28:35 and added the insurance tally at 80:53. With the win, Penn kept pace with Yale in second place in the Ivy standings, one point behind first place Harvard. Barth becomes the second Quaker to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season, as Marin McDermott earned the honor on Sept. 5.
Barth’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 3G, 3A, 9 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kanten (Park City, Utah) earned both victories in net for Harvard last week as the Crimson turned in wins over Siena and Brown. Kanten earned her first career shutout in a 2-0 win over Siena in midweek non-conference action. Then on Saturday, she recorded a career-high nine saves, including seven in the second half, to help Harvard hold on for a 2-1 win in a key conference showdown with Brown. With the victory, the Crimson retained sole possession of first place in the League standings, one points ahead of Penn and Yale. Kanten last earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 26.
Kanten’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 180:00 Mins., 1 GA, 0.50 GAA, 9 Svs, 1 Sho, 2-0-0
Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale goalkeeper Elise Wilcox (Seattle, Wash.) has taken over as the Bulldogs’ starting goalkeeper after Adele Jackson-Gibson suffered a season-ending injury and the freshman has responded in a big way. In her first career start Tuesday against Fairfield, Wilcox made five saves to post a shutout. Then against Cornell in Ivy action, she made two saves as the Bulldogs earned a much-needed 2-1 victory. With the win over Cornell, Wilcox and the Bulldogs kept pace with Penn in second place in the Ivy standings, one point behind first place Harvard. She is the third different Yale player to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining Meredith Speck (Sept. 5) and Melissa Gavin (Oct. 10).
Wilcox’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 187:40 Mins., 1 GA, 0.48 GAA, 7 Svs, 1 Sho, 2-0-0
Melanie Baskind, Harvard (Sr., M - Framingham, Mass.)
2-1 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 9 Shots, 2 SOG
Chloe Cross, Brown (Fr., M - Seattle, Wash.)
2-2 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 13 Shots, 8 SOG
Jen Hoy, Princeton (Jr., F - Sellersville, Pa.)
3-3 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 9 Shots, 8 SOG, 1 GWG
Lauren Lazo, Princeton (Fr., M/F - Scottsdale, Ariz.)
3-3 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG
Eliza Marshall, Brown (Jr., F - North Andover, Mass.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 3A, 7 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG
Enma Mullo, Yale (Sr., M - Floral Park, N.Y.)
2-2 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 12 Shots, 7 SOG, 2 GWG
Callan Parra, Penn (Fr., F - San Diego, Calif.)
2-0 GP-GS, 2G, 2A, 5 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG
Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth play non-conference games before the League slate begins on Saturday with three games, followed by a final Ivy game on Sunday. The weekend’s Ivy contests will be the fifth installment of games and the teams will be looking to start their final pushes up the standings.
Kicking off the Ivy action, Yale (3-1-0 Ivy) plays at Penn (3-1-0) in a pivotal showdown between the two teams currently tied for second place.
Coming off its first Ivy win of the season, Princeton heads to first place Harvard (3-0-1). The Crimson is unbeaten in its last seven games, while Princeton (1-3-0) enters its Tuesday night game with Utah Valley State on a three-match winning streak.
Columbia (2-2-0) plays at Dartmouth (1-3-0) to round out Saturday’s slate, while Brown (2-2-0) plays at Cornell (0-3-1) in Sunday’s game. Currently tied for fourth, the Lions and Bears will be looking for wins to try and pull themselves back into the thick of the title race.
Tuesday, October 18
Brown at Holy Cross, 7 pm
Utah Valley St. at Princeton, 7 pm
Wednesday, October 19
Dartmouth at Boston Univ., 7 pm
Saturday, October 22
*Yale at Penn, 5 pm
*Princeton at Harvard, 7 pm
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Sunday, October 23
*Brown at Cornell, 3 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest