Harvard Women’s Soccer Plays BU to 2-2 Tie

Taryn Kurcz scored her first goal of the game at 4:36 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –  Taryn Kurcz netted two goals, helping the Harvard women's soccer team earn a 2-2 tie against local rival Boston University before 2,023 fans Monday evening at Harvard's third annual Fall Fiesta.

Harvard remains unbeaten this season at 1-0-1, while BU moves to 3-2-1 overall.

Bethany Kanten recorded five saves in net for Harvard, all in regulation, while Andrea Green stopped four shots for the Terriers in 110 minutes of action.  

The Crimson grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Kurcz headed the ball into the back of the net at the 4:36 mark of the first half. Aisha Price made a throw in from about 35 yards out on the left side and sent the pass into the box. Kurcz jumped and headed the ball over the crowd.

Later in the 38th minute, BU knotted the game, 1-1, when Jenna Fisher collected a loose ball off a deflection from a corner kick by Kylie Strom and blasted a strong kick into the left side of the goal at 37:55. At the break, the Terrier owned an edge in shots, 9-7, while corner kicks were even, 2-2.

In the second half, the Terriers grabbed a 2-1 lead when Taylor Krebs sent a long pass down the right sideline. Clare Pleuler ran after the ball for BU and placed the ball past Kanten and into the cage at 63:23.

Harvard came back to tie the contest only four minutes later, as Kurcz scored on a header off a free kick by Peyton Johnson at the 67:25 mark. Heading to overtime, BU owned an edge in shots, 16-15, and in corner kicks, 6-4.

Neither team mustered much offense in the two extra sessions, with Harvard owning the only shot on goal, a chance by Kurcz at 95:08. The Terriers finished with eight corner kicks, compared to five for Harvard, while BU also led in shots, 20-18.

The Crimson will be back in action Friday when the team hosts Dayton at 7:30 p.m.