Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 8
Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Harvard Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard and Penn find
themselves in a familiar position with three League games remaining
in the 2013 Ivy League women’s soccer season. The Crimson and
Quakers, who have combined to take the Ivy title five of the past
six years, are first and second in the League standings.
Harvard (8-3-2) improved to 4-0-0 in Ivy play with a 3-1 win Brown (7-3-1, 2-1-1 Ivy), handing the Bears their first League loss. The Crimson extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games, the longest by a League team this season and Harvard’s longest since 2011, when it also went 10 games without a loss en route to winning the Ivy title. Brown, meanwhile, saw its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end.
Four other squads were undefeated last week as the League improved its 2013 non-conference record to 41-16-13 (.662), including a 4-0-1 mark last week. Penn (9-1-3, 3-1-0 Ivy) won a pair of 1-0 games, defeating Patriot League-leading Navy in overtime and Dartmouth (5-5-3, 2-2-0 Ivy). Quakers senior Kerry Scalora netted the gamewinner against the Mids, while sophomore Erin Mikolai found junior Megan York for the gamewinning score against the Big Green. In its other game of the week, Dartmouth tied Boston University, 1-1.
Columbia (7-4-3, 0-2-2 Ivy) and Princeton (5-4-4, 0-3-1 Ivy) also faced Patriot League foes, as the Lions received a goal from senior Natalie Melo in double overtime to defeat Lafayette, 3-2, and the Tigers took down Lehigh, 2-1. Columbia and Princeton then battled to a 3-3 tie despite a 3-1 halftime lead by the Tigers. The Lions came roaring back lead off second-half goals by sophomore Alexa Yow and senior Beverly Leon, her second of the game. Junior Lauren Lazo had a goal and an assist and fellow classmate Melissa Downey scored her second goal of the week to lead Princeton.
Yale (7-5-0, 2-2-0 Ivy) picked up a pair of wins, defeating Marist, 4-0, and Cornell (7-5-1, 1-3-0 Ivy), 1-0. Bulldogs senior Juliann Jeffrey scored the gamewinner in each contest.
Harvard looks to continue its unbeaten streak this week when it hosts last year’s Ivy champion Princeton on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. That same day, Dartmouth faces Columbia at 4:30 p.m. and Penn takes on Yale at 5:00 p.m. Cornell will play Brown on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Three games will be featured on The Ivy League® Digital Network this week. Dartmouth will play Brown in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., as well as League contests Columbia at Dartmouth and Yale at Penn on Saturday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard improved to 4-0-0 in Ivy play and extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 3-1 win over Brown. The Crimson handed the Bears their first conference loss behind Crimson junior Marie Margolius (Acton, Mass.), who tallied a goal and an assist.
With the score tied at one apiece, Margolius netted the gamewinner in the 57th minute off an assist from sophomore Alika Keene. In the 68th minute, Margolius and senior Peyton Johnson each picked up an assist on senior Elizabeth Weisman’s insurance goal.
Margolius gives the Crimson back-to-back Player of the Week awards, as freshman Margaret Purce received the honor last week. For Margolius, it’s her first career Ivy League weekly award.
Margolius’ Weekly Stats
1 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GW
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Forty-five minutes into its game against Princeton, Columbia found itself trailing, 3-1. The Lions were able to turn things around in the second half, scoring twice to pick up a tie. But the draw would not have been possible without the play of freshman goalie Allison Spencer (Salt Lake City), who posted five saves in the second half alone to allow her team to come back.
Spencer finished with a career-best nine saves in the game, including six over the second half and both overtimes. She recorded one stop in the second OT as the Lions D turned away five Tigers’ shots to preserve the tie. Spencer earns her second Rookie of the Week award and her first as the sole recipient, as she shared the honor with Harvard’s Karly Zlatic on Oct. 7. Spencer’s honor marks the first time a Lion earned two Rookie of the Week awards in a single season since 2008 (Ashlin Yahr).
Spencer’s Weekly Stats
1 GP-1 GS, 110:00 Mins., 3 GA, 2.45 GAA, 9 Svs., .750 Sv. %, 0-0-1
Melissa Downey, Princeton (Jr., M – McLean, Va.)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW
Jackie Friedman, Dartmouth (So., D – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
2 GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 1 Shot
Erin Mikolai, Penn (So., M – Quakertown, Pa.)
2 GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 3 Shots, 1 SOG
Juliann Jeffrey, Yale (Sr., M – Richardson, Texas)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 2 GW
Beverly Leon, Columbia (Sr., M – Wrentham, Mass.)
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1-1 PK
Natalie Melo, Columbia (Sr., M – Kissimmee, Fla.)
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW
Margaret Purce, Harvard (Fr., F – Olney, Md.)
1 GP, 1A, 4 Shots, 2 SOG
Tuesday, October 22
^Brown at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Penn at NJIT, 7 pm
Saturday, October 26
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 4:30 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Penn, 5 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Harvard, 7 pm
Sunday, October 27
*Brown at Cornell, 1 pm
*-Ivy League contest
[IVY]-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network