The UConn women’s soccer team will take on its second Ivy League opponent of the year Sunday when Harvard comes to town.
The Huskies (3-2-1) will look to remain undefeated at home when they take on the Crimson (3-1) at Dillon Stadium in Hartford at 1 p.m.
UConn lost its other Ivy League matchup with Brown on Sept. 5 by a score of 2-0. However, the team is coming off a big 3-1 win against Boston University at home last Sunday. That game saw the return of one of the team’s biggest stars, junior midfielder Sophia Danyko-Kulchycky.
The Huskies still had several players hurt, including sophomore forward Duda Santin, who went down with a foot injury just minutes after scoring her first goal in a UConn uniform. Head coach Margaret Rodriguez said that the goal of this week was to get healthy. Three other starters, Pato Jerzak, Vivien Beil and Kara Long, also had to miss time with injuries. They had a week off from games to recover, so we’ll see who returns Sunday.
Harvard has far from a restful week, as the game against UConn on Sunday will be its fourth in eight days. They last played Tuesday with a 2-1 win over UMass, and they have a game Friday night against San Francisco before they travel to Hartford on Sunday.
The Crimson have a three-game winning streak and shut out the opponent in two of those games. Their top goalkeeper, senior Kat Hess, has not allowed a single goal in her 180 minutes of game time this season.
Redshirt sophomore forward Kess Elmore leads the Huskies in points with nine on three goals and three assists. For Harvard, forwards Murphy Agnew and Angela Caloia lead the team with seven points each, both on two goals and three assists.
UConn has a 3-1 record all time against Harvard. The last game they played was in 2016, and the Huskies won 3-1. The only time the Crimson prevailed was back in 2011. The Huskies will look to keep it that way on Sunday.
Danny Barletta is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.