CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Earning its first win in Ivy League play, Harvard women's soccer (4-3-1, 1-0) defeated Penn, 2-1, in a wild game Friday evening at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Each team recorded an own goal, while freshman forward Karly Zlatic posted her second score of the season off a corner kick.
Unbeaten in its last five matches, the Crimson outshot the Quakers (4-1-2, 0-1) by a 9-4 margin and connected on the lone corner of the contest.
Penn got on the board in the 67th minute, as a misplayed clear resulted in an own goal for Harvard.
The Crimson evened the score eight minutes later, as Weisman earned a corner kick on the left side. Fellow senior captain Peyton Johnson started the play with a lofting cross into the box. Sophomore Alika Keene got a foot on the ball and Zlatic lofted it over Penn goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli into the top right corner of the net.
Harvard went ahead on a Penn own goal with 11 minutes remaining. Freshman forward Midge Purce served the ball into the box from 40 yards out off a free kick and connected with a Quaker defender, who pushed the ball into the back of the net.
The Crimson held possession for a majority of the first half, outshooting the Quakers by a 6-0 margin. In the 10th minute, Weisman earned the best opportunity of the stanza, blasting a shot on frame that forced Penn defender Claire Walker to make a defensive save.
Harvard steps out of league play on Sunday, Sept. 29, traveling to Central Connecticut State University for a 6 p.m. kickoff.