NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Winners of its last six matches, Harvard women's soccer downed rival Yale, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium. Freshman forward Karly Zlatic tallied the game-winning goal, as the Crimson moves to 6-3-1 overall, including 2-0 in Ivy League play.
The six-match win streak marks the longest for the Crimson since 2009, when Harvard matched that number from Sept. 26-Oct. 20. The Crimson outshot the Bulldogs (5-4, 1-1) by a 15-6 margin. Freshman Lizzie Durack and junior Cheta Emba split time in net, making a combined three saves.
Junior defender Marie Margolius struck first for the Crimson in the 32nd minute off a corner kick opportunity. Senior captain Peyton Johnson lofted the cross into the box, where Margolius headed the ball into the net from the far corner.
Zlatic gave Harvard a 2-0 advantage two minutes later, as junior midfielder Meg Cascells-Hamby sent the ball forward on a breakaway. Zlatic split two defenders, finding the back of the net for her third score of the season.
Yale answered with a goal in the 57th minute by Melissa Gavin. The forward curled the corner kick into the net to pull the Bulldogs within one.
Freshman forward Margaret Purce silenced the Yale comeback with an unassisted goal in the 84th minute. From the midfield, Purce outran the Yale defenders and used her left foot to blast a shot past Yale keeper Elise Wilcox.
The Crimson will return to action Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Boston University. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.