ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

Goal in Final Seconds Lifts Penn Over Harvard Women’s Soccer, 1-0

Peyton Johnson mustered two shots against Penn, including one on target (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – Bethany Kanten made five saves in net for the Harvard women's soccer team, but the Crimson surrendered a goal with only 3.9 seconds left in regulation and fell on the road in the Ivy League opener at Penn by a score of 1-0 Friday afternoon.

The loss drops the Crimson to 3-3-1 and 0-1 in the Ancient Eight, while the Quakers improve to 4-3 and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight.

With 15 seconds remaining, Penn earned a corner kick on the left side and Brianna Rano kicked the ball back into play at 89:52. Kaitlyn Moore leapt and headed the ball over Kanten and into the right side of the cage, giving Penn a 1-0 lead at 89:56.

In a scoreless first half, the Quakers managed the only two shots on goal of the opening 45 minutes. Only 45 seconds into the frame, Kanten turned away a shot by Alex Dayneka, and later at the 31:52 mark, Harvard's defense made a team save on a point blank shot by Erin Mikolai. Shots were even at the half, 5-5, and each team managed three corner kicks apiece in the first.

Kanten made another save early in the 61st minute off a chance by Erin Beck, before Penn's Sarah Banks stopped her first shot of the game, coming at 67:08 against the Crimson's Peyton Johnson. Kanten recorded two more stops later in the second, turning aside another chance by Banks at 70:49, as well as a shot by Kerry Scalora at the 82:42 mark.

In the final minutes of regulation, Scalora attempted another shot on net, coming at 87:53, but Kanten grabbed the ball for her fifth save of the game.

Banks finished with one save for the Quakers, who outshot Harvard, 11-8, including 7-1 on net. Penn earned five corner kicks, compared to four for the Crimson.

Up next, Harvard will play two straight home games against Central Connecticut State (Sept. 26) and Yale (Sept. 29).

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS