Melanie Baskind leads Harvard with five points this fall (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Melanie Baskind broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted game-winning tally at 88:40, as the Harvard women's soccer team defeated Massachusetts by a score of 2-1 Friday evening. With the win, the Crimson improves to 2-1 overall, while the Minutewomen fall to 2-2-1.
Jessica Wright and Alexandra Millet played in net for Harvard and combined for the win. Millet made two saves, while Wright stopped one shot. UMass goalkeeper Emily Cota recorded eight saves on the evening.
Harvard controlled play in the first half, outshooting the Minutemen, 12-3, including 7-2 on net, and the Crimson earned all four corner kicks of the frame. In the 12th minute, Kate Makaroff tallied the first goal of her career, as she tipped in a rebound from in front of Cota. Elizabeth Weisman took the original shot, before Makaroff finished for a goal at 11:15.
In the second, Harvard was called for a foul in the box late in the stanza, setting up a penalty-kick opportunity for UMass's Erin McGaffigan. On the ensuing chance, McGaffigan placed the ball past an outstretched Wright and into the back of the net, tying the game at 85:02.
With less than two minutes to play, Harvard cleared the ball down field and deep into the UMass zone. Baskind grabbed a loose ball at the top of the cage and dribbled around two defenders. Baskind sent a shot off her right foot and into the goal, giving Harvard a 2-1 edge with 1:20 remaining.
The Crimson outshot the Minutewomen, 20-8, for the game, and owned an 8-4 lead in corner kicks.
Up next, Harvard will host Connecticut at Ohiri Field Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.