The Crimson nearly equalized in the 87th minute, but a shot hit the crossbar (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Falling in a tightly-contested bout on Sunday afternoon, Harvard women's soccer fell to Syracuse, 1-0, at SU Soccer Stadium.
The Crimson fell for the first time in four outings, despite totaling 11 shots, including a game-high six on goal. Junior Leah Mohammadi led the offense with seven shots, while freshman Lauren Raimondo had a pair of attempts on net. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess split time in goal, making two and one save, respectively.
Following a 0-0 first half, Syracuse struck first in the second frame after a Harvard own goal in the 50th minute. Harvard had a flurry of attempts to close the game, including three shots over the final five minutes. Mohammadi had the best look at goal, but her shot ricocheted off the crossbar.
- Harvard has played five games this year by a 1-0 scoreline.
- Mohammadi led the offense in shots for the fifth time in six games. The seven attempts against the Orange represented a season-high for the Crimson
- Etzel and Hess combined for three saves, while Harvard forced Syracuse into six saves.
- Etzel has not allowed a goal in her last 200 minutes of action, lowering her goals-against average to 0.32 this season.
- Harvard and Syracuse are now tied in the series, 1-1, with the only previous matchup coming in 2005.
- The Crimson moves to 2-2 away from Cambridge this season.
- The team is 1-1 against ACC foes this year, as the team topped Boston College, 1-0, on Sept. 7.
Harvard returns to Jordan Field for a 4 p.m. kickoff with Quinnipiac on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The game will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Network.