Harvard still holds on to a slim lead atop the Ivy standings. (Penny Ashford)
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard women's soccer team put together a solid effort against Ivy League foe Dartmouth at Burnham Field on Saturday, but the Crimson ultimately fell to the Big Green, 2-0.
Harvard falls to 9-4-2 overall and 4-1-1 in Ancient Eight play, while Dartmouth improves to 7-4-4 and 2-1-3 in Ivy League play.
The shots were just about even from both sides, with Dartmouth holding a slim 9-7 advantage. Both Crimson netminder Cheta Emba and Big Green's Tatiana Saunders turned away three shots on the day.
Dartmouth was the first to dent the scoreboard in the opening stanza. Jackie Friedman hit a long pass to Corey Delaney, who launched a shot past Harvard's Emba, giving the Big Green an early 1-0 advantage in the 16th minute. As time wore on, the two squads traded chances, but Harvard was unable to convert while the Crimson back line, and Emba behind it, stood tall.
Dartmouth continued its strong play early in the second stanza extending its lead to 2-0 in the 49th minute. Delaney struck again, carrying the ball up the left plank, cutting to the inside and firing a shot far post from 10 yards out. Lindsay Knutson was credited with the assist.
After the loss, Harvard returns to Solider Field Soccer Stadium for its final contest of the 2014 regular season. The Crimson will host Columbia, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m.