Women's Soccer Scores Twice in Second Half to Hold Off Fairfield, 2-1

Co-captain Lindsey Kowal and Harvard visit Cornell Saturday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Lindsey Kowal had two assists, and Meg Casscells-Hamby and Peyton Johnson each tallied goals to guide the Harvard women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Fairfield at Ohiri Field Tuesday afternoon.

Harvard has now won four straight games and improves to 7-4 overall, while the Stags fall to 3-4-3 on the season. The Crimson also owns a 6-1 record at home, including a 2-0 mark at Ohiri Field.

Fairfield scored on its first shot of the game, as Kasey Schulz accepted a pass from Nikki Stanton and bounced a shot past Harvard goalkeeper Cheta Emba and into the cage at 7:54. The Crimson did outshoot the Stags, 5-3, in the opening half, but Fairfield carried a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Harvard's  best chance of the first stanza occurred with one minute left, as Peyton Johnson lifted a shot from 20 yards out on the left side, which forced Fairfield netminder Kelly Boudreau to dive to her left. Boudreau tipped the ball before it deflected off the post and out of bounds.

In the 54th minute, Kowal played a corner kick from the right side, and Johnson jumped and headed the ball past Boudreau and into the net, tying the game for Harvard at 53:56.

The Crimson took the lead at 65:23, as Kowal sent a cross pass from the right side and Casscells-Hamby one-timed a shot, making it 2-1 in favor of Harvard.

Bethany Kanten played in net in the second half for Harvard, making two saves. Boudreau finished with four stops for Fairfield.

Harvard held an edge in shots, 11-9, and corner kicks, 5-1, for the game.

The Crimson, which boasts a 2-0 Ivy record, returns to the road to play at Cornell Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.