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.
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.