Melanie Baskind leads Harvard with seven goals and 22 points on the season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Mai Le and Melanie Baskind each found the back of the net, while goalkeeper Bethany Kanten recorded three saves, all in the first half, to lead the Harvard women's soccer team to a key 2-1 Ivy League victory over Princeton Saturday evening at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
With the win, the Crimson remains in first place in the Ancient Eight at 4-0-1, while improving to 10-4-1 overall. Harvard also extends its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1). The Tigers, meanwhile, fall to 5-9-1 and 1-4 in the Ivy.
In the first half, Harvard grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the frame as a Princeton defender misplayed a pass in front of the Tigers' net. Le, camped out in front of the goal, blasted a hard shot with her left foot into the back of the net at 27:54.
At the break, Princeton held a 7-4 advantage in shots and a 2-0 edge in corners, but Harvard led on the scoreboard, 1-0. Kanten recorded three stops in the first half, compared to two by Princeton's Kristin Watson.
In the 60th minute, Crimson defender Lindsey Kowal sent a long pass up the field, finding Meg Casscells-Hamby along the left side. Casscells-Hamby played the ball into the box and made a quick pass to her right, finding Baskind wide open in front. Baskind shot the ball past Watson and into the back of the net, extending Harvard's lead to 2-0 at 59:14.
The Tigers climbed back to within one goal at 87:51 when Gabrielle Ragazzo made a cross pass from the right side and Jen Hoy capitalized for the score, making it 2-1.
Princeton outshot Harvard, 15-7, for the game, including 8-3 in the second half, and the Tigers had all three corner kicks in the game. Watson finished with three saves for Princeton.
In the final home game of the regular season, the Crimson will host Dartmouth Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, seniors Melanie Baskind, Lindsey Kowal, Sophie Legros, Rebecca Millock, Hana Taiji and Patricia Yau will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.