Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 5
Photos courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The first slate of
conference games between the Ivy League women’s soccer teams
saw a number of firsts.
Cornell (6-2-1, 1-0-0 Ivy) won its League opener for the first time since Sept. 23, 2005 with a 2-0 victory over Columbia (5-3-1, 0-1-0 Ivy). It also marked the Big Red’s first conference win since Oct. 16, 2010, when it defeated Yale, 1-0. Cornell’s six victories on the season is its highest win total since the 2010 campaign, when it finished 6-8-1. Against the Lions, sophomore Shanay Fischer and freshman Dempsey Banks each found the back of the net.
Princeton (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) suffered its first Ivy loss since Nov. 5, 2011, when it fell to Yale (5-3-0, 1-0-0 Ivy) in overtime, 3-2. The Bulldogs’ victory marked their first win in a League opener since 2011.
Brown (5-2-0, 1-0-0 Ivy) held off last year’s runner-up Dartmouth (3-4-1, 0-1-0 Ivy), 1-0, thanks to senior Kiersten Berg’s tally in the 77th minute. Senior goalkeepers Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett each played a half and combined for 10 saves, including a career-best eight from Bledsoe. The win is the Bears’ first over the Big Green and first victory in a League opener since 2011, when they also beat Dartmouth, 1-0.
2011 Ivy champion Harvard (5-3-1, 1-0-0 Ivy) defeated 2010 League winner Penn (4-1-3, 0-1-0 Ivy), 2-1, to open its conference slate with a victory for the first time since that 2011 campaign. The game featured own goals by both squads, including one by the Quakers in the 80th minute that gave the Crimson a 2-1 lead. Harvard then defeated CCSU, 2-0, for its fifth-straight victory, its longest streak since 2011.
Round two of the Ivy-v-Ivy contests takes place this week, with Cornell at Penn on Oct. 4 and Harvard at Yale, Brown at Columbia and Princeton at Dartmouth on Oct. 5.
The Ivy League® Digital Network features six Ivy League women’s soccer contests this week. In non-conference action, Princeton hosts La Salle on Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m., Brown faces Bryant on Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Penn takes on FDU on Oct. 6 at 2:00 p.m. In League play, Cornell at Penn, Harvard at Yale and Princeton at Dartmouth will all be streamed on the network.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Heading into overtime against defending Ivy champion Princeton, Yale sophomore Paula Hagopian (West Hartford, Conn.) had helped the Bulldogs equalize twice with a pair of assists during regulation. In the extra session, Hagopian decided to take care of matters herself, as she found the back of the net in the 99th minute to give her squad a 3-2 victory.
Hagopian recorded her second goal of the season, and second golden goal of the season, as well as her first two assists of 2013. She set a career-high with four points and her two assists matched her personal best. Hagopian takes home her first career Player of the Week award and her second Ivy League weekly award, as she earned Rookie of the Week on Sept. 3, 2012.
Hagopian’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton’s loss to Yale was not for lack of effort from Tigers freshman Tyler Lussi (Lutherville, Md.), who finished with a pair of assists to cap off a six-point week. Lussi scored twice in Princeton’s 3-1 win over Fordham, including the gamewinner, and then twice helped put the Tigers ahead against Yale. Her two goals against the Rams matched her personal best and she set a career-high with her two assists against the Bulldogs.
Lussi earns her third weekly award of the season, as she took home co-Player and Rookie of the Week on Sept. 9.
Lussi’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 2G, 2A, 6 Pts., 14 Shots, 8 SOG, 1 GW
Dempsey Banks, Cornell (Fr., F – Honolulu)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG
Kiersten Berg, Brown (Sr., F – Salt Lake City)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW
Emma Brush, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 6 Shots, 5 SOG
Shanay Fischer, Cornell (So., D – Newport Beach, Calif.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GW
Carly Gould, Brown (Fr., M – Hampton Falls, N.H.)
1 GP, 1 Shot
Peyton Johnson, Harvard (Sr., M – Catonsville, Md.)
2 GP, 2A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot
Beverly Leon, Columbia (Sr., M – Wrentham, Mass.)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GW
Natlie Melo, Columbia (Sr., M – Kissimmee, Fla.)
2 GP, 2A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots
Tahirih Nesmith, Penn (Fr., M – Charleston, S.C.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG
Meredith Speck, Yale (Jr., D – Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
1 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts, 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Tuesday, October 1
La Salle at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
Wednesday, October 2
Bryant at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Friday, October 4
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, October 5
*Harvard at Yale, 4 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Sunday, October 6
Cornell at Delaware State, 1 pm
FDU at Penn, 2 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
[IVY]-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network