Women’s Soccer Falls to Massachusetts, 2-0

Women’s Soccer Falls to Massachusetts, 2-0

The Crimson tallied nine shots in the contest (Gil Talbot).

AMHERST, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer fell at UMass on Sunday at Sortino Field, 2-0. The Crimson dropped to 2-5-1 on the season with the result.

Margaret Purce led Harvard with four shots, including one on goal, as the Crimson and Minutewomen (3-3-2) each recorded nine shots. Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Etzel made her first-career start, making a pair of saves.

Purce tallied a trio of shots in the first 12 minutes and forced UMass goalkeeper Cassidy Babin into a save with her second attempt. An ensuing corner kick after her third shot was blocked resulted in a header shot from Carly Rotatori that sailed just high over the crossbar.

The Minutewomen secured a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute after Alyssa Fratarcangeli redirected a header from Daniela Alvarez into the back of the net. Julia Weithofer was also credited with an assist.

Striking again 55 seconds later, UMass forward Megan Burke took a pass from Erin Doster and slotted it across the goal line to give the Minutewomen a 2-0 lead.

Harvard tallied three shots in the second frame but was unable to cut into the deficit.

The Crimson returns to Jordan Field on Tuesday, Sept. 22 against Providence. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.