Comeback Attempt Falls Short for Harvard Women’s Soccer at Princeton

Comeback Attempt Falls Short for Harvard Women’s Soccer at Princeton

Lauren Varela tallied her second goal of the season Saturday (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Lauren Varela notched a goal, and goalkeeper Bethany Kanten recorded six saves, but the Harvard women's soccer team fell on the road at Princeton, 3-1, Saturday evening.

The loss snaps Harvard' s six-game unbeaten streak and drops the Crimson to 7-4-3 and 2-2-1 in the Ivy League, while Princeton improves to 10-3-1 and 5-0-0 in conference action.

Kanten made five saves in the first half, keeping the game scoreless through the opening 45 minutes of play.

In the 61st minute, Princeton earned a corner kick and capitalized for the game's first goal. Rachel Sheehy found Caitlin Blosser for a goal off a header at 60:10, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The Crimson answered at 69:39 when Aisha Price sent a pass to Varela, who finished with a tally from inside the box, knotting the game, 1-1. With 10:03 to play in regulation though, Princeton regained an advantage as Sheehy placed a free kick into the box and Gabriella Guzman finished with a tally, making it a 2-1 contest.

The Tigers struck again less than two minutes later on a score by Jen Hoy at 81:46. Liana Cornacchio put the ball in the crease off a throw-in, and Hoy put the ball into the back of the net, giving Princeton a 3-1 edge.

Princeton outshot Harvard, 14-6, including 8-2 in the second half, and had two of the three corner kicks in the game.

Harvard will face Brown in a non-conference game at home Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.