LOWELL, Mass. – Unbeaten in its last four matches, Harvard women's soccer took down UMass Lowell, 5-0, Sunday afternoon at Cushing Field Stadium Complex. The five scores marked the most for Harvard (3-3-1) since Oct. 13, 2004 (a 5-1 win over Holy Cross).
The last time the Crimson defeated an opponent by five-plus goals was Oct. 15, 2003, a 6-0 victory over Holy Cross. The game winner for the Crimson was provided by senior captain Elizabeth Weisman, who posted her first score of the season. The Riverhawks drop to 0-8 on the season.
Junior Laura Aguilar, freshman Joan Fleischman, senior Kristina Garrido and freshman Karly Zlatic all posted their first career points for the Crimson. Harvard registered 20 shots (nine on frame), while the defense held the Riverhawks to just three.
Junior goalkeeper Cheta Emba played the full 90 minutes and needed to make just one save in the win.
Weisman struck in the 14th minute off an assist from freshman forward Midge Purce. Weisman used her head in the box to put away a pass from Purce. Aguilar provided the second score for the Crimson, knocking home a dish from Fleischman with the side of her foot in the 36th minute.
In the 43rd minute, Garrido crossed the ball to Fleischman, who was able to skirt the ball around the UML goalkeeper and earn a score of her own. Junior midfielder Lauren Urke lofted a cross into the box for Zlatic in the 62nd minute. The rookie forward connected, heading the ball into the back of the net.
Garrido notched a goal of her own with four minutes remaining as Urke dished out another assist. The senior midfielder blasted a shot past UML keeper Jill Carlson.
Harvard opens Ivy League play on Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Penn at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Game time is set for 5 p.m. The Crimson will step out of league play on Sunday, Sept. 29, traveling to Central Connecticut State University for a 6 p.m. kickoff.