CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a tight contest between two ranked teams, No. 19 Harvard field hockey (7-2) prevailed in overtime, defeating No. 13 Liberty (7-2), 2-1, behind junior Mimi Tarrant's game-winning goal.
With Harvard on a counter attack, senior Maddie Earle found Tarrant alone in the circle, From 10 yards out, Tarrant found the lower left corner to give the Crimson the victory at 6:09 of the first overtime period.
In a back-and-forth contest, Liberty had a 12-11 margin on shots, and a 10-9 edge on penalty corners.
Liberty's Jill Bolton gave the visiting team an early lead, corralling a loose ball and finding the back of the net from straightaway at 8:20 of the first quarter.
With Harvard still trailing 1-0 in the second half, senior captain Bente van Vlijmen scored the game-tying goal in the third quarter, her fifth straight game with a goal and her team-leading sixth goal overall. On a penalty corner, stopper Kiley Allen fed van Vlijmen, who switched to the reverse stick side for a shot into the lower left corner at 7:34 of the third quarter to tie the game at 1-1.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (four saves) and Harvard withstood a fourth quarter push from Liberty to send the game to overtime, where the Crimson prevailed for its sixth straight victory.
- Harvard improved to 2-2 against ranked teams, and 2-1 in overtime contests this season.
- Junior forward Mimi Tarrant recorded her third career game-winning goal and her second OT game-winner.
- Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen (goal) leads the team with six goals on the year, and has 15 points (six goals, three assists) in her last five games.
- Harvard has recorded winning streaks of six or more games in four straight seasons.
The Crimson will head to No. 17 Boston College on Thursday (Oct. 10) for a 6 p.m. contest, with the game airing on ACC Network Extra.