Harvard Earns 3-2 Comeback Victory at Yale; Grabs Sole Possession of First Place in Ivy League

Pictured: Gina Wideroff gave Harvard a 1-0 lead at 29:41.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- 
The Harvard women’s soccer team scored two goals late in the second half to rally for a 3-2 victory at archrival Yale Tuesday afternoon. Patricia Yau and Melanie Baskind netted goals in the second half, while Gina Wideroff tallied a score in the first stanza. Lauren Mann made two saves for Harvard (7-5-1), which takes sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a 4-0 conference mark.

Midway through the opening half, Katherine Kuzma sent a long pass behind the Yale defense. Wideroff weaved her way around a few defenders and headed the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season at 29:41. Through the first half of play, each team had four shots, with the Crimson firing all four of its shots on goal.

Early on in the second stanza, Yale (8-5, 3-1 Ivy League) knotted the game on a header by Miyuki Hino that got past Harvard goalkeeper Lauren Mann at 46:50. Six minutes later, the Bulldogs grabbed a 2-1 lead, as Becky Brown kicked a loose ball into the cage at 52:549. The Crimson crawled back, tying the game in the 72nd minute. Yau grabbed a pass from Alexandra Conigliaro and tapped the ball in on a shot from the right corner of the cage. Harvard took its second lead of the day at the 78:44 mark, as Baskind fired a shot through the Yale defense, making it a 3-2 contest.

The Crimson outshot the Bulldogs, 14-12, while Yale had a slight edge in corner kicks, 8-7. Harvard returns home to Princeton Saturday, Oct. 24. The game between the Crimson and Tigers is scheduled to begin at Ohiri Field at 11 a.m.