ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Baskind, Conigliaro Power Women's Soccer Past Princeton, 4-0

Melanie Baskind (left) had six points against the Tigers (Harvard Athletic Communications).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women' s soccer team remained in the Ivy League title hunt with a 4-0 victory at conference rival Princeton Saturday evening at Roberts Stadium. Melanie Baskind netted two goals and assisted on two others for a career-high six-point effort, while Alexandra Conigliaro notched a score and handed out an assist on another for the Crimson. 

Katherine Sheeleigh also tallied a goal, while Alexandra Millet earned the shutout, making five saves.

With the victory, Harvard evens its overall record to 6-6-1 and improves to 3-2 in Ivy League play, while the Tigers fall to 8-6-0 and 3-2 in the Ancient Eight.

After making the first two shots on goal, Harvard went ahead, 1-0, on its third shot on target, as Baskind maneuvered her way through the Tigers' defense and beat goalkeeper Kristin Watson on a one-on-one opportunity.  Alexandra Conigliaro assisted on Baskin's goal, her sixth of the season at 18:29.

The Crimson managed four more shots on goal during the first half, but Watson stopped all of them to keep the Harvard lead at 1-0 at the break. 

In the second stanza, Harvard struck three in less than six minutes to take a commanding lead.  At 60:59, Baskind fired a shot from the right shot, which was stopped by Watson.  The Princeton goalkeeper could not control the rebound though, and Sheeleigh put a second attempt home, making it 2-0.  In the 65th minute, Aisha Price played the ball in front of the Harvard bench and fired a quick pass to Baskind, who cut deep into the Princeton zone. Baskind blasted a shot from 15 yards out for Harvard's third goal at 64:18.

Baskind capped the scoring in the 67th minute, as she booted another shot on goal.  The ball deflected off Watson, and Conigliaro controlled the rebound and capitalized at 66:21.

The Crimson controlled the final count in shots, 22-14, and in corner kicks, 6-4.

Harvard hosts Quinnipiac Monday, Oct. 25. The game will be played at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.