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.