Harvard Women’s Soccer Falls to Dayton, 3-1

Taryn Kurcz leads Harvard with three goals this fall (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –  Taryn Kurcz tallied her third goal in the last two games, while Bethany Kanten made a career-high eight saves, but the Harvard women's soccer team fell at home to Dayton by a score of 3-1 Friday evening.

The loss drops Harvard's record to 1-1-1 this fall, while the Flyers improve to 4-3.

After starting the game more than an hour late due to lightning in the area, Dayton, which outshot Harvard by a 13-8 margin in the first half, scored first, coming on a penalty kick by Colleen Williams at 11:50. Kanten was whistled for a foul on a Dayton player in the Crimson box, setting up the penalty kick, which Williams delivered into the top left corner of the net, making it 1-0.

Harvard's Peyton Johnson led the team with four shots in the opening half, including three on target, but Dayton's Jordin Melchert turned all three away. At 28:35, Johnson had the best scoring chance for the Crimson when she blasted a ball from 30 yards out, but Melchert deflected it over the goal and out of play.

In the second half, Dayton went up 2-0 when Nicole Waters sent a pass up the middle, finding Juliana Libertin through traffic. Libertin took possession and placed a shot into the left side of the goal.

The Crimson responded with a goal off a free kick, as Johnson sent a shot into the box from 25 yards out on the left side. After a scrum in front, Kurcz made a bouncing shot that beat Melchert at 73:20, making it a 2-1 game.

Less than two minutes later, Dayton went back up by two goals, as Stephanie Emery made a pass to Nicole Walters, who finished from 10 yards out in the middle of the box at the 74:51 mark.

Dayton held the final count in shots, 24-20, with the Crimson owning an edge in corner kicks, 5-3. Melchert also recorded eight stops in goal for Dayton.

Up next, Harvard travels to play Colgate Sunday at 1 p.m.