Harvard Women’s Soccer Shuts Down UMass, 2-0, in Opener

Peyton Johnson and the Crimson return to action Monday when the team hosts Boston University at 7 p.m. (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Haley Washburn and Peyton Johnson each scored off set pieces, as the Harvard women's soccer team opened its season with a 2-0 win at Massachusetts Friday afternoon.

Bethany Kanten earned the shutout for the Crimson, turning aside five shots, while Stephanie Gordon recorded nine saves in net for the Minutewomen. The Crimson held the final count in shots, 19-8, including 11-5 on target, and owned a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Harvard outshot UMass, 6-3, in a scoreless first half, with Gordon making two stops in the frame.

In the second, Peyton Johnson took a corner kick from the left side and sent the ball into the box. Washburn headed it into the left corner of the cage, giving Harvard a 1-0 lead at 50:07.

Harvard doubled its lead to 2-0 when Johnson scored off a free kick following a UMass foul at 71:46. Johnson lined up for the kick from about 25 yards out on the left side and fit the shot into the top of the net about Gordon.

The Minutewomen sees its record fall to 2-2 on the year, while Harvard begins the season at 1-0.

The Crimson will host local rival Boston University in Harvard's home opener Monday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.