Erika Garcia and the Crimson open Ivy play against Penn Sept. 23 (Gil Talbot).
KINGSTON, R.I. – Elizabeth Weisman and Kate Makaroff each scored a goal, and goalkeeper Bethany Kanten made three saves, including one on a penalty kick in the second extra session, but the Harvard women's soccer team suffered a 3-2 double overtime loss on the road at Rhode Island Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops the Crimson's overall record to 3-4, while the Rams improve to 4-3-1.
The Rams opened the scoring with a tally off the foot of Dariann Selliti at 8:48 of the first half. Jennifer Barrientos serviced a pass into the box, and Selliti scored on a shot inside the right post. In the 21st minute, URI's Madison Vandine put a shot on target, deflecting off Crimson goalkeeper Alexandra Millet and into the net, giving the Rams a 2-0 lead at 20:33.
Harvard responded with a goal at 25:51, cutting the Crimson's deficit to 2-1. Melanie Baskind fed a pass into the box, and Weisman capitalized for the score. Meg Casscells-Hamby collected a secondary assist on the goal. Shots were even, 5-5, at the half, while the Rams had three of the five corner kicks in the first half.
In the 70th minute, Harvard earned a corner kick, and Lauren Urke sent the ball into the box. Makaroff tapped the ball into the net, tying the game, 2-2, at 69:47.
In overtime, Harvard's Elizabeth Weisman had two scoring chances, but both shots went wide. In the 103rd minute, the Crimson was whistled for a foul in the box, setting up a penalty kick for URI. Megan Rauscher took the kick, but Kanten made the stop for Harvard. At 107:36, Rauscher sent a shot from 25 yards out on target that sailed above Kanten and into the net, giving URI a sudden victory.
Millet started in goal for Harvard and made two saves, while Kanten entered the game at halftime and finished with three saves. Harvard owned a 19-11 advantage in shots for the game, while corner kicks were even, 6-6.
Harvard will open Ivy League play by hosting Penn Friday, Sept. 23. The game, which will be held at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, will begin at 6 p.m.