Photos courtesy of Harvard and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Two games remain in the Ivy
League women’s soccer conference slate, and defending
champion Harvard is in the driver’s seat to take the title
for the second-straight season.
The Crimson (9-3-2, 4-0-1 Ivy) needs just one win over its final two games to clinch the title, but that victory won’t come easy, as Harvard will play two teams who currently sit in the top half of the League standings. First up is Dartmouth (5-4-4, 2-0-3 Ivy), the team occupying second-place and the only other squad undefeated in League play, followed by Columbia (6-3-5, 2-2-1 Ivy), which is tied for third with Princeton (5-5-3, 2-2-1 Ivy).
Entering last week, Harvard had yet to concede a goal in Ivy play. In one game, the Crimson gave up four to Princeton but managed to hold on for the win, 5-4. It is the highest combined scoring output in a League contest so far this season, and the first time both Ivy teams scored at least four goals in the same regular season game in League history. It also marked the first time Harvard gave up four goals in a victory.
Dartmouth remained undefeated in Ivy play with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Columbia. The Big Green can take the title if it defeats Harvard and the Crimson also falls to the Lions. Columbia and Princeton have an outside chance of forcing at least a three-way tie for first if they each win out, Harvard loses both of its games and Dartmouth beats the Crimson but falls to Cornell.
The highlight of the upcoming week is Harvard’s game at Dartmouth on Saturday. A win by Harvard gives it the Ivy title, while a win by Dartmouth keeps it in the race. The game will be streamed on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN), as will Columbia at Yale and Brown at Penn. The fourth League contest on Saturday pits Princeton against Cornell.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
One game, three awards. Harvard's 5-4 win over Princeton netted three players involved in the game weekly awards.
Harvard senior midfielder Bethany Kanten (Park City, Utah) finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Crimson to victory. She assisted on the equalizer at the end of the first half and then twice put her team ahead in the second period, the final time giving Harvard a 4-3 edge. Princeton tied it again at 4-4 before Crimson sophomore Midge Purce put her team ahead for good in the 81st minute.
Kanten’s five points helped give her team a “win and they’re in” situation, where all the Crimson needs is one victory over its final two games to clinch the Ivy League title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. A converted goalkeeper, Kanten takes home her first career Player of the Week honor and third Ivy League weekly award, as she was a two-time Rookie of the Week in 2011.
Kanten’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Princeton sophomore forward Tyler Lussi (Lutherville, Md.) scored all of Princeton’s goals against Harvard, becoming the first Ivy League player to net four goals in a game since Penn’s Jessica Fuccello in 2009 and the first to do so in a League contest since former Tiger Vicki Anagnostopoulos accomplished the feat against Harvard in 2006. Lussi also matched the Princeton program record in goals in a single game. Lussi’s 15 goals in 2014 is already the third-best single season total in program history, and she needs five goals over her team’s final three games to match current assistant coach Esmeralda Negron’s mark of 20 (2004).
Lussi earns her second Player of the Week honor of the season (Oct. 13) and the fifth Ivy League weekly award of her career.
Lussi’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 4G, 8 Pts., 5 Shots, 5 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman midfielder Vanessa Gregoire (Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada) tallied three assists against the Crimson, the first Tiger with a three-assist game since Caitlin Blosser in 2010 and the first to do so in a League contest since Lauren Thomas against Harvard in 2006. Gregoire helped put Princeton ahead, 1-0 in the second minute, then helped give the Tigers their second lead, 3-2 in the 61st minute and finally assisted on the equalizer in the 77th minute.
Gregoire is named Rookie of the Week for the second time this season (Sept. 29), the second Tiger to earn multiple Rookie of the Week honors in as many years, joining 2013 three-time recipient Tyler Lussi.
Gregoire’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 3A, 3 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Melissa Gavin, Yale (Sr., F – Duxbury, Mass.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Carly Gould, Brown (So., M – Hampton Falls, N.H.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG
Juliana Provini, Penn (Fr., F – Chester Springs, Pa.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG
Dani Stollar, Harvard (Fr., M – Honolulu)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG
Mikela Waldman, Brown (Fr., F – San Francisco)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GW
Tasha Wilkins, Dartmouth (Sr., F – Portland, Ore.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots,1 SOG, 1 GW
Mallory Yant, Brown (Sr., GK – Fenton, Mo.)
1 GP-1 GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 5 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %, 1-0-0, 1 SO
Monday, October 27
Dartmouth at Marist, 7 pm
Tuesday, October 28
UMass-Lowell at Yale, 7 pm [ILDN]
Columbia at Lafayette, 7 pm
Penn at Lehigh, 7 pm
Saturday, November 1
*Princeton at Cornell, 2:30 pm
*Columbia at Yale, 4 pm [ILDN]
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 4:30 pm [ILDN]
*Brown at Penn, 5 pm [ILDN]
*-Ivy League contest
ILDN-Streamed on The Ivy League Digital Network