Goal in Final Seconds Lifts Penn Over Harvard Women’s Soccer, 1-0

Peyton Johnson mustered two shots against Penn, including one on target (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – Bethany Kanten made five saves in net for the Harvard women's soccer team, but the Crimson surrendered a goal with only 3.9 seconds left in regulation and fell on the road in the Ivy League opener at Penn by a score of 1-0 Friday afternoon.

The loss drops the Crimson to 3-3-1 and 0-1 in the Ancient Eight, while the Quakers improve to 4-3 and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight.

With 15 seconds remaining, Penn earned a corner kick on the left side and Brianna Rano kicked the ball back into play at 89:52. Kaitlyn Moore leapt and headed the ball over Kanten and into the right side of the cage, giving Penn a 1-0 lead at 89:56.

In a scoreless first half, the Quakers managed the only two shots on goal of the opening 45 minutes. Only 45 seconds into the frame, Kanten turned away a shot by Alex Dayneka, and later at the 31:52 mark, Harvard's defense made a team save on a point blank shot by Erin Mikolai. Shots were even at the half, 5-5, and each team managed three corner kicks apiece in the first.

Kanten made another save early in the 61st minute off a chance by Erin Beck, before Penn's Sarah Banks stopped her first shot of the game, coming at 67:08 against the Crimson's Peyton Johnson. Kanten recorded two more stops later in the second, turning aside another chance by Banks at 70:49, as well as a shot by Kerry Scalora at the 82:42 mark.

In the final minutes of regulation, Scalora attempted another shot on net, coming at 87:53, but Kanten grabbed the ball for her fifth save of the game.

Banks finished with one save for the Quakers, who outshot Harvard, 11-8, including 7-1 on net. Penn earned five corner kicks, compared to four for the Crimson.

Up next, Harvard will play two straight home games against Central Connecticut State (Sept. 26) and Yale (Sept. 29).