Casscells-Hamby’s Goal in OT Lifts Harvard Women’s Soccer Over Yale, 1-0

Meg Casscells-Hamby scored her second goal of the season at 94:05 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the 95th minute of action, Harvard's Meg Casscells-Hamby scored a golden goal, helping the Crimson women's soccer team defeat archrival Yale in overtime by a score of 1-0 at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The victory evens Harvard's Ivy League record at 1-1 and improves the team's overall mark to 4-3-2, while the loss drops Yale to 5-5 and 0-2 in conference play.

In overtime, Casscells-Hamby got a shot on target at 93:39, but Rachel Ames, Yale's goalkeeper, recorded her eighth save of the game. However, only moments later, the Crimson regained possession in the Yale zone, and Lauren Urke made a pass from the right side, finding Casscells-Hamby in the box. Casscells-Hamby got her right foot on the ball from 10 yards out and placed it into the top right side of the net, giving Harvard the sudden victory.

Bethany Kanten earned her second straight shutout in net for the Crimson, who held Yale without a shot on net the entire game. The Crimson led the final count in shots overall, 25-5, and had a 9-0 edge in shots on target.

In the first half, Harvard enjoyed the best scoring chances, both coming in the seventh minute of play. At 6:38, Elizabeth Weisman headed a deflected ball toward the net, but Ames blocked it. Seconds later, Ames made another save, this time off a shot by Taryn Kurcz at 6:46. At the break, the Crimson owned a 9-3 edge in shots, including 3-0 on target.

The Crimson mustered three more shots on goal in the second half, including one by Elizabeth Weisman with only 32 seconds left in regulation. Ames stopped all three shots in the frame, as the game headed to overtime with a score of 0-0. Harvard outshot Yale, 13-1, in the second half, and had a 22-4 advantage in shots in the first 90 minutes.

Yale earned five corner kicks in the game, compared to three for the Crimson.

Harvard will step back into non-conference play and will travel to Durham, N.H., to take on New Hampshire Tuesday, Oct. 2.