Field Hockey Edged in 1-0 Battle at Princeton

Field Hockey Edged in 1-0 Battle at Princeton

Marissa Balleza had a late chance for the Crimson Saturday at Princeton (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard goalkeeper Issy Davies made five saves and three Crimson players fired shots on goal, but a first half goal by Cat Caro gave Princeton a 1-0 victory Saturday at Bedford Field.

Davies reached five saves for the fifth time this save, while Princeton netminder Anya Gersoff made three stops.

Princeton controlled the action earlier on, earning a penalty corner and sending a shot off the post in the first two minutes. The Crimson offense got its first scoring opportunity in the 23rd minute with Hannah Wellington sending a shot wide. Just over three minutes later, Elizabeth Jacobson laced a shot that Gersoff turned away.

The game headed into the final five minutes of the first period still scoreless, but Caro notched what would go on to be the game-winner in the 31st minute. Her backhand from the top of the circle made it a 1-0 contest, with Harvard having the last scoring chance of the half, but Caitlin Rea's attempt off Noel Painter's penalty corner went wide.

Harvard came out in the second half with the first scoring opportunity with Sarah Finnemore sending a shot on goal, but Gersoff again made the save. The Crimson had its final scoring chance with nine minutes remaining when Marissa Balleza fired a shot towards the Princeton cage, but Gersoff kept the shutout intact with her third stop.

The Crimson is back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 28 when it hosts No. 14 Boston College at Jordan Field at 6 p.m.