Harvard Women’s Soccer Captures Ivy Title Outright; Freshmen Lead the Way in 1-0 Win at Columbia

Harvard Women’s Soccer Captures Ivy Title Outright;  Freshmen Lead the Way in 1-0 Win at Columbia

Harvard posted a 6-0-1 record in Ivy League play to capture the program's 10th conference championship (Columbia Athletics).

NEW YORK – Freshman Lauren Urke scored the game's only goal in the 21st minute, while classmate Bethany Kanten made two saves to earn her second shutout of the season to lead the Harvard women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Columbia Saturday evening.

With the win, Harvard clinches the Ivy League title outright and finishes the regular season 12-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson posted an unbeaten record in the Ivy League for the first time since going 7-0 and winning the conference in 1999. Harvard's 12 wins is also the most for the program since the 1999 season.

The Crimson, which extends its unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1), will now await Monday's NCAA tournament selection show. The show will be broadcast live on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Urke mustered the first shot on goal of the game when she fired a shot that was saved by Columbia's Lillian Klein at 17:09. Just minutes later, freshman Meg Casscells-Hamby sent a pass into the box and Urke finished to put Harvard up 1-0 at 20:24. Urke managed two more shots in the half, but the first was saved by Klein and the second was stopped by a defensive save.

In the 37th minute, Kanten was tested for the first time, but she turned aside a chance by Ashlin Yahr at 36:14.In the 40th minute, Columbia's Liz Wicks hit the post before the ball rolled out of play. At the break, the Lions had an edge in shots, 7-6, while corners were even, 3-3.

Kanten recorded her second stop at 51:53 as she blocked away a shot by Natalie Melo to keep Columbia (6-10-1, 3-3-1 Ivy League) off the scoreboard. On the other side of the ball, Casscells-Hamby nearly doubled Harvard's lead twice, but Klein made two saves against Casscells-Hamby at 55:35 and 69:20.

Each team managed 10 shots for the game, while the Lions had seven corner kicks and Harvard earned four. Klein finished with four saves for Columbia.