Hofstra Holds Off Crimson Women's Soccer, 5-4

Rebecca Millock and the Crimson visit Rhode Island Sunday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Meg Casscells-Hamby scored two goals, while Alexandra Conigliaro and Erika Garcia also added tallies for the Crimson, but the Harvard women's soccer team dropped a non-conference game to Hofstra, 5-4, at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Friday afternoon.

The Crimson sees its overall record fall to 3-3 overall, while the Pride improved to 4-2 on the season.

Harvard took a 1-0 lead at 16:16 of the first half, as Casscells-Hamby scored the first goal of her collegiate career. Alexandra Conigliaro played a pass from the left side to Casscells-Hamby, who chipped a shot over Hofstra goalkeeper Kylie Shuster and into the back of the net.

The Crimson earned two of the three corner kicks in the first half, while both teams mustered seven shots. Alexandra Millet started between the pipes for Harvard and recorded one save in the first period.

Hofstra knotted the game, 1-1, early in the second half when Laura Greene scored directly off a corner kick by Ruby Staplehurst at 47:35. The Crimson responded to regain the lead in the 56th minute, as Melanie Baskind sent a cross pass from the left side, finding Conigliaro. Conigliaro shot the ball just inside the right post, as Harvard took a 2-1 lead at 55:41.

Only 13 seconds later, Greene tallied her second goal of the half, as she sent a shot over Millet and into the back of the net at 55:54, tying the game, 2-2. At 59:11, the Pride took a 3-2 advantage as Courtney Breen capitalized on a chance off a corner kick.

Hofstra upped its lead with a goal by Brittany Butts at 60:57 and another by Breen at 71:28, as the Pride opened up a 5-2 advantage.

With 14:13 left to play, Harvard's Mai Lei crossed the ball from the right side, and Garcia headed into the top portion of the net, cutting the Crimson's deficit to 5-3. The Crimson inched closer, 5-4, with 1:02 remaining when Casscells-Hamby notched her second goal, coming off a strong kick from 18 yards out on the right side.

Shuster finished with two saves for Hostra, while Bethany Kanten turned aside two shots in relief in the second half for Harvard. The Crimson held a 15-14 edge in shots, and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Crimson heads back on the road to visit Rhode Island Sunday, Sept. 18 for a 1 p.m. tilt.