The Crimson has remained unbeaten in Ivy play for 10 consecutive games now with the draw on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fifth game in a row – seventh all season – the Harvard women's soccer team did not allow a goal, as the Crimson (6-2-2, 1-0-1 Ivy) battled Yale (5-3-1, 0-1-1 Ivy) to a scoreless draw on Saturday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
In an incredibly even 110 minutes of play, the Crimson and Bulldogs sat even with 14 shots apiece; Harvard sent four on target, while Yale had three shots reach the keeper. Lizzie Durack earned her second draw in a row, seeing 83 minutes of action. The sophomore made one save between the posts, while Cheta Emba picked up a pair of big-time saves late in the contest after filling in.
Emily Mosbacher attempted to get the Crimson on the board in the middle minutes of the first half, but sent a pair of shots wide. Shortly after, freshman Dani Stollar nearly connected on a beautiful header, but Elise Wilcox came up with one of her four saves at the 30-minute mark.
Harvard sent a flurry of shots towards the end of the first half – one which featured solid possession time for both clubs – but to no avail. From there, the two sides amped up the energy throughout the second half. Yale finished the first 90 minutes with a shot advantage, 12-9, but Harvard ramped up even more in the overtime periods.
In the first extra period, Brooke Dickens, who paced Harvard with four shots on the day, sent in a clean header on target, but Wilcox quickly snagged it to keep the game alive. In the second OT, Hayley Washburn saw a great chance on the left side of the box, but couldn't sneak the ball past Wilcox. Freshman Mia Bladin had perhaps the best chance of the afternoon in the 108th minute, but nothing was able to come of her shot on goal.
With the draw, the Crimson's remains unbeaten in its last 10 Ivy League contests dating back to 2012. Up next, Harvard steps out of Ancient Eight play as crosstown foe Boston University pays a visit at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.