Harvard Women’s Soccer Draws CCSU, 0-0

Meg Casscells-Hamby led all players with eight shots Wednesday night (Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team outshot Central Connecticut state, 31-9, including 7-3 in overtime, but could not find the back of the net, as the squads played to a 0-0 tie at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Wednesday evening.

Harvard goalkeeper Bethany Kanten finished with four saves for the Crimson, which moves to 3-3-2 on the year.

In the first half, Harvard outshot CCSU (1-8-1) by a 10-4 margin, including 4-2 on net, but the game remained scoreless after the first 45 minutes. The Crimson also earned all four corner kicks of the first stanza, controlling much of the play.

The Crimson continued to pressure the Blue Devils in the second half, but could not break through for a goal. Harvard mustered 14 more shots, including six on target in the frame, but CCSU's Nikola Deiter came up with six saves to keep the game scoreless entering overtime. Entering the extra session, Kanten had three stops for the Crimson, while Deiter recorded 10 saves in the first 90 minutes of action.

Harvard outshot CCSU, 24-6, and had all seven corner kicks in regulation.

In the first overtime, the Blue Devils earned the first scoring opportunity, but Kanten made a save off a shot by CCSU's Jewel Robinson at 91:13. In the 93rd minute, Harvard responded offensively and almost ended the game with a golden goal on four separate occasions.

At 92:13, Haley Washburn unleashed a shot on net, but Deiter was there to make the stop, and moments later, a chance by Elizabeth Weisman rang off the crossbar. Taryn Kurcz earned back-to-back chances at 92:50, but her first shot was turned aside by Deiter, and another opportunity at 95:56 also deflected off the crossbar and out of play.

In the second overtime, Meg Casscells-Hamby sent a shot on target at 101:55, but Deiter recorded her 13th save of the game to keep the game tied.

Deiter finished with 13 saves for CCSU, while Harvard had all eight corner kicks in the contest. Casscells-Hamby led all players with eight shots, and she had three attempts on net.

The Crimson remains home to host archrival Yale Saturday at 4 p.m.