Harvard Women’s Soccer Drops 2-1 Decision to No. 18/19 California
|1st - 2:43||Onumonu, Ifeoma (California)|
|2nd - 67:51||Boureille, Celeste (California)|
|2nd - 77:15||Varela, Lauren (Harvard)|
Lauren Varela - 1
Sh: Margaret Purce - 6
Sv: Bethany Kanten - 5
2 Players (#13, #22 - 1)
A: 2 Players (#6, #8 - 1)
Sh: Fitzpatrick, Kaitlyn - 3
Sv: Kruger, Emily - 4
|Shots (on goal)||12 (5)||10 (7)|
Lauren Varela posted her fourth collegiate goal against Cal. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
San Francisco – Despite a late goal from sophomore Lauren Varela, Harvard women's soccer fell to No. 18/19 California, 2-1, Friday night in the USF Tournament.
Cal struck early in the third minute, as Ifeoma Onumonu punched in a solo strike from the top of the box.
The Bears pushed their lead to 2-0 with a score in the 68th minute. Celeste Boureille posted her first goal of the season off a dish from Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick.
Harvard would not relent, as Varela, who came off the bench, corralled a rebound and buried the shot in the 77th minute. It marked the sophomore's fourth career goal.
Junior Bethany Kanten made five saves – including four over the first 45 minutes – in the loss. For the match, Harvard outshot Cal by a 12-10 margin, putting four shots on net.
In her first collegiate start, freshman Karly Zlatic did not waste time going to net, putting a shot on frame just 13 seconds into the match. Freshmen Bailey Gary and Midge Purce also earned their first collegiate start.
The Crimson returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 8 against host San Francisco. Harvard and USF kick off at 2 p.m. ET. A live stream can be seen here.