Dartmouth Big Green (6-5-2, 0-3-2 Ivy) vs.
Harvard Crimson (8-3-3, 3-0-2 Ivy)
Date: – Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Burnham Field
Series: Crimson leads 18-16-4
The Dartmouth women’s soccer team returns home on Saturday to take on Harvard at 11 a.m. for Senior Day at Burnham Field.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard comes into Saturday’s match as one of two undefeated teams in Ivy League play. The Crimson trail first place Columbia by just one game. Last weekend, Harvard took down Princeton 1-0 in New Jersey, after playing to a draw in three consecutive contests. On offense the Crimson have a powerful weapon in Margaret Purce, who was a First Team All-Ivy selection in 2015. The senior from Olney, Maryland leads the Ancient Eight with 10 goals and 24 points. In goal, Lizzie Durack has seen the majority of action with a 6-2-2 record and four shutouts. She had made 31 stops this season with a 0.85 goals-against-average.
LAST TIME AGAINST HARVARD
On Oct. 31, 2015, the Big Green and Harvard played to a 1-1 draw in double overtime. After a scoreless first half, Dartmouth broke the stalemate when Lucille Kozlov connected with Lindsay Knutson, to the left of the goal, who, fired a shot past the Crimson netminder. Less than three minutes later, Harvard responded with the equalizer when a free kick by Purce was headed in by Emily Mosbacher, for her second tally of the season. Neither team could find the go ahead goal in regulation or the golden goal in 20 minutes of overtime as the two rival schools settled for the 1-1 tie.
LAST TIME OUT
For the second consecutive match, the Big Green played to a draw in double overtime. This time, Dartmouth and Columbia battled to a 0-0 tie in New York last Saturday evening. The match remained balanced, as each squad took 14 shots apiece, while the Lions held a slight 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Green and White will celebrate the careers of six seniors this weekend. Casey Cousineau, Meredith Gurnee, Jessica Lukas, Hayley Snyder, Holly Paterson and Piper Curtis will all play their final games in Hanover on Saturday.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Dartmouth’s goaltender, Cousineau, has had a solid final season in Hanover. The Altadena, California native is fourth in the Ivy League in save percentage (.875) and second in saves (56).
GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Big Green freshmen have been solid contributors on the offensive side of the ball in the early going of the 2016 season. Charlotte Esty leads the team with three goals and eight points, while Zoe Enright and Alyssa Neuberger each have one goal apiece.
DEFENSE COMES UP BIG
The Big Green’s defense has come up big so far in 2016. Dartmouth is ranked No. 16 in the nation with a .589 goals-against-average.
Can’t make it to the game? The game will be carried live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers. DartmouthSports.com will also provide a live stats link for those looking to follow along during the contest.
The Big Green head to UMass Lowell on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. for the team’s final non-conference game of the season.