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October 22, 2012

Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 9

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Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- With two more weeks remaining in the women’s soccer regular season, and two more Ivy games remaining for each of Ancient Eight, the race for the League title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is coming down to the wire.

Princeton (10-3-1, 5-0-0 Ivy) is still in first-place after a 3-1 win over last year’s champion, Harvard (7-4-3, 2-2-1 Ivy). All four goals were scored in the second half. The loss ended the Crimson's six-game winning streak, as well as Harvard's two-game winning streak against Princeton. The Tigers have won eight in a row, the program's longest streak since 2004, which is also the last time the team started 5-0 in Ivy play. That 2004 team went undefeated in conference action.

The Crimson’s loss means the title race comes down to three teams: Princeton, Dartmouth and Penn. The Big Green (11-4-0, 4-1-0 Ivy) used a goal from sophomore Tasha Wilkins in the 66th minute to upend Columbia (6-8-0, 2-3-0 Ivy), 1-0, while Penn (8-5-1, 4-1-0 Ivy) kept pace with Dartmouth by defeating Yale, 2-0. After a Yale own goal gave the Quakers the early lead, junior Kathryn Barth put the game out of reach with a score in the 80th minute off an assist from sophomore Clara Midgley.

Princeton defeated Dartmouth, 2-1 on Sept. 29, and the Big Green held off Penn by that same score on Oct. 13. The Tigers and Quakers will square off in the final game of the season on Nov. 3.

In the other League contest last week, Brown ended a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Cornell. Junior Louisa Pitney netted the gamewinner off assists from Mika Siegelman and Eliza Marshall in the 10th minute, and junior goalkeeper Amber Bledsoe preserved her first career shutout with three saves.

In non-conference action, Mai Le posted a goal and an assist to lead Harvard to a 4-0 win over Holy Cross, and Dartmouth posted a 2-1 win over Boston University thanks to a gamewinning score from sophomore Kendall Kraus.

This week’s non-conference action features a battle of winning streaks, as Princeton (eight-straight wins) will take on La Salle (10-straight wins) on Monday. That same day, Yale will host Fairfield, and on Wednesday Harvard will host Brown for a non-conference game. In Ivy play, Yale will play Columbia, Penn will take on Penn, Cornell will host Princeton and Dartmouth will face Harvard.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton kept itself at the lead of the pack with a 3-1 win over Harvard, eliminating the Crimson from Ivy championship consideration in the process. Tigers senior midfielder Rachel Sheehy (Exton, Pa.) was a key factor in her team’s performance, assisting Princeton’s first two goals, including the eventual gamewinner. Sheehy took a corner kick in the 61st minute that was headed in by senior Caitlin Blosser for a 1-0 Tigers lead. After Harvard tied the game in the 70th minute, Sheehy’s free kick in the 80th minute found junior Gabriella Guzman, who sent it to the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.

Sheehy posted her first career multi-assist game, and now has a career-best five assists on the year. Sheehy takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award and the fourth for Princeton this season, joining senior Jen Hoy, who has earned the honor three times (Sept. 3, Sept. 24, Oct. 15). Sheehy is the first Princeton player not named Hoy to receive Player of the Week accolades since Blosser on Oct. 4, 2010.

Sheehy’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 2A, 2 Pts.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Needing a win to remain in the race for the Ivy League championship, Dartmouth was locked in a scoreless draw with Columbia through almost 66 minutes of action. Then, in the 66th minute, Big Green freshman Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) took a shot that rebounded to sophomore Tasha Wilkins, who hammered sent the ball to the back of the net for the eventual gamewinner in a 1-0 Dartmouth victory. Delaney got credit for the assist, her team-leading fifth of the season.

Delaney becomes Dartmouth’s first-ever three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Sept. 17, Sept. 24). She is the first three-time recipient of the accolade since Penn’s Kerry Scalora in 2010, and her award marks the first time Dartmouth received three Rookie of the Week honors in a single season since 1998, when Jamie Lang (Sept. 21, Nov. 2) and Lindsey Bergren (Sept. 28) were the honorees.

Delaney’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 2 Shots, 1 SOG

HONOR ROLL
Kathryn Barth, Penn (Jr., F – Bethesda, Md.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts, 3 Shots, 2 SOG

Mai Le, Harvard (So., M – Rancho Mirage, Calif.)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GW

Louisa Pitney, Brown (Jr., M – Washington)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GW

Lauren Varela, Harvard (Fr., F – Bridgewater, Mass.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Monday, October 22
Princeton at La Salle, 6:30 pm
Fairfield at Yale, 7 pm

Wednesday, October 24
Brown at Harvard, 7 pm

Saturday, October 27
*Columbia at Yale, 2 pm
*Brown at Penn, 5 pm
*Princeton at Cornell, 6 pm

Sunday, October 28
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 1 pm

KEY
*-Ivy League Contest