Late Goal Triggers First Conference Loss for Crimson

Pictured: Lauren Mann made two saves against the Tigers
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women’s soccer team suffered its first conference loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision to Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Ohiri Field. Harvard slips to 7-6-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference but remains atop the league standings, while Princeton improves to 2-2-1 in league play and 6-6-3 on the season.

A scoreless first half saw the two teams even with five shots apiece going into the half. The Tigers finally broke through with just under five minutes left in regulation as freshman Jen Hoy collected a ball at the top of the box and tucked her shot into the lower right corner to give the visitors a late 1-0 lead.

Harvard sophomore Melanie Baskind had a one-on-one opportunity in the waning minutes, but Princeton keeper Alyssa Pont was able to stymie her attempt. A final Crimson shot with one second left in the game looked promising, but Pont held true to preserve the 1-0 win for Princeton. Pont finished with 10 saves on the day while Crimson goalie Lauren Mann stopped two shots in the loss.

Harvard will host Dartmouth on Senior Day Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m.