Dickens gave the Crimson its fourth win of the season with her header in the 102nd minute. (Gil Talbot)
DURHAM, N.H. – It took two overtimes, but the Harvard women's soccer team escaped from New Hampshire with a victory thanks to a Brooke Dickens' header in the 102nd minute to clinch the win. The Crimson moves to 4-2 on the year with its 1-0 win on the road, while the Wildcats drop to 2-4.
Cheta Emba and Lizzie Durack combined for the shutout with four total saves, a testament to the stingy Crimson defense all night. Emba, who started the first half, provided 45 minutes of shutout play, making three saves. Durack only needed to make one save on one shot on goal in 56:43 of action to preserve the win.
Dickens led the way with three shots on goal, including her late winner, while Laura Aguilar, Bailey Gary, Marissa Segala and Haley Washburn all tacked on shots on target for Harvard over the night. Brooke Murphy and Morgan Smith paced the Wildcats with three and two shots on target, respectively, while Mimi Borkan made four saves in the losing effort for UNH.
The two squads traded shots throughout the first half with both Emba and Borkan coming up with crucial saves to protect the clean sheet through 45 minutes. Emba came up big in the last two minutes with a pair clutch saves.
More of the same continued in the second with both sides nearly capitalizing as time wore on. In the 71st minute, Emily Mosbacher sent a shot in that hit the crossbar, nearly giving the Crimson a late lead. But 90 minutes drew by with no score as both teams readied for overtime.
Margaret Purce nearly ended things in the 93rd minute with a header that hit the crossbar off a corner. Shortly after Aguilar sent one wide, then Dickens fired one in that Borkan got a piece of to send things into the second overtime period.
Just over a minute into the second OT period Dickens and the Crimson made a move. After Casscells-Hamby took a corner, the senior co-captain sent in a cross directly where Dickens was able to get a touch and put it past Borkan for the win.
With the victory, Harvard returns to action Sunday with a trip to LIU-Brooklyn. The Crimson and Blackbirds will kickoff at 2:30 p.m.