Women's Soccer Falls in Overtime at Siena

Senior co-captain Katherine Sheeleigh leads Harvard with 17 points this fall (6-5-17) (Gil Talbot).

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Katherine Sheeleigh netted the 28th goal of her career to tie her for fifth place on Harvard's all-time list, but the Harvard women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 contest in overtime at Siena Tuesday afternoon.  Alexandra Millet recorded one save in goal for the Crimson, which falls to 5-6-1 on the year, while Siena improves to 13-2-0.

Just moments into the game, Siena goalkeeper Laura Ettinger misplayed a goal kick, deflecting the ball off Sheeleigh, who recovered it and put a shot into the back of the net.  The goal, which was scored at 4:01, ties Sheeleigh for fifth in program history with Joey Yenne '03. 

The Crimson controlled play for the remainder of the half, outshooting the Saints by a considerable, 11-2, margin, and earned six of seven corner kicks in the frame. 

In the second half, Harvard was called for a foul in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Siena.  Caitlin Cahalan ripped the ensuing kick past Millet, knotting the game at 50:08.  Harvard nearly tied it in the 57th minute, but Elizabeth Barna, who replaced Ettinger in net at halftime, stopped a chance by Sheeleigh.  At 59:34, Siena was whistled for a foul in its box, leading to a penalty-kick attempt by Harvard's Melanie Baskind.  Baskind blasted a shot on goal, but Barna was there to make the save and preserve the tie score.  With the clock ticking away, Elizabeth Weisman got a shot on net, but Barna stopped that chance as well, forcing overtime.

In the first extra session, Sara Mikula ran with the ball down the right side before leading a pass to Ashleigh Barone.  Barone finished with a kick on net, winning the game with a golden goal at 94:41.

Harvard, which outshot Siena 19-9 for the game, will visit Princeton for an Ivy League matchup Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.