Strong Second-Half Play Leads Harvard Women’s Soccer Over Brown

Strong Second-Half Play Leads Harvard Women’s Soccer Over Brown

Mai Le netted the game-winner at 63:32 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Melanie Baskind and Mai Le tallied goals in the second half, while Bethany Kanten recorded a career-high nine saves to guide the Harvard women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Brown Saturday afternoon at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

The Crimson, which extends its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1), improves to 3-0-1 in the Ivy League and 9-4-1 overall, while the Bears fall to 8-4-1 and 2-2 in the Ancient Eight.

The Bears struck at 15:10, as Eliza Marshall served a cross pass into the box. Kiersten Berg, standing on the right side, got the ball and tipped it into the far post, giving Brown a 1-0 lead.

In the 24th minute, Melanie Baskind nearly tied the game, but her line drive shot from 15 yards out hit the cross bar and sailed out of bounds. The Crimson earned both corner kicks in the first half and outshot the Bears, 6-4, but trailed on the scoreboard, 1-0, after the first 45 minutes of play. Kanten made two saves in the first half, while Brown goalie Amber Bledsoe, who started the game, stopped two shots in the opening stanza.

Late in the 49th minute, Harvard's Meg Casscells-Hamby had a one-on-one chance with Brown goalkeeper M.C. Barrett, but her shot rang off the post and out of play.

Following a foul by Brown in the Crimson zone, Lindsey Kowal took a corner kick and sent the ball toward the box. Both teams attempted to gain possession and the ball bounced around for a few seconds before Baskind stepped up and buried a shot into the back of the net, tying the game, 1-1, at 58:14.

Harvard added another score at 63:32 as Casscells-Hamby passed the ball to Mai Le, who was camped out eight yards in front of the net. Le sent a shot inside the right post, giving Harvard a 2-1 advantage.

Brown outshot the Crimson, 14-4, in the second half, but Kanten made seven saves in the frame. The Bears also had an edge in corners, 5-3, for the game.

Up next, the Crimson will host Princeton Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.