Urke Sparks Women’s Soccer to 2-1 Victory Over Connecticut

Lauren Urke Postgame Comments (Video)

Freshman Lauren Urke got the Crimson on the board early and the Harvard women's soccer team held on to top a powerful Connecticut squad, 2-1, Sunday at Ohiri Field. Harvard moves to 3-1 on the season, and a perfect 3-0 at home with all three victories coming by 2-1 scores. 

The Crimson wasted no time grabbing a lead against the Huskies, taking a 1-0 advantage just 1:25 into the game. Senior captain Melanie Baskind collected a ball just outside the center circle and fed a streaking Urke into the Connecticut box. The rookie won the footrace to the ball and lifted a shot past Connecticut goalie Jessica Dulski, giving Urke the first goal of her collegiate career. 

The possession battle favored the Huskies over the next 15 minutes and the visitors were able to even the score midway through the opening stanza. Freshman Riley Houle received a pass 35 yards out from the Harvard net, and after a couple dribbles, blasted a shot towards the upper left-hand corner that bested Harvard keeper Jessica Wright from distance. The Huskies ended the half with one more shot than Harvard, 5-4, but the score was tied, 1-1 at the half.

Harvard jumped back on top 10 minutes into the second frame as Urke picked up an assist, giving her three points on the day. Urke worked the ball deep towards the Husky endline and lifted a cross into the box from the left side of the net. Junior Alexandra Conigliaro was on the receiving end of the pass and headed home the game-winner from right on the doorstep.

Connecticut turned up the heat in the final 10 minutes, but freshman keeper Cheta Emba stayed rock solid, turning away a handful of good looks to preserve the 2-1 win. Emba ended the game with four saves in 67 minutes of action. 

Harvard is back in action Wednesday, Sept. 14 as it takes on local foe Boston University on the road.