Harvard fired 13 shots against the Friars (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final home non-conference game of the year, Harvard women's soccer was edged by Providence, 1-0, at Jordan Field.
The Harvard (2-6-1) attack tallied 13 shots against the Friars (7-3-0) but could not break through the opponent's defense to put a tally on the board. Providence fired 14 attempts at goal, forcing the Crimson into five saves. Lizzie Durack minded the net in the first half, making three saves, while Danielle Etzel played the second 45 minutes with two saves.
Durack made a pair of saves in the first 20 minutes, stopping a pair of attempts by Catherine Zimmerman. Harvard had back-to-back shot opportunities in the 33rd minute, but Karly Zlatic had her attempt blocked and Gabby Kaplan missed wide. Three minutes later, a corner kick from Leah Mohammadi bounced around the Friars box, but headed shots from Rachel Garcia and Brooke Dickens were deflected by the Friars' defense.
Two minutes and 23 seconds into the second half, Providence broke the deadlock with a goal from Casey Estey. Kathryn Hiller played a forward pass to Estey's feet, and the freshman was able to lift it into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Garcia, who took a team-high three shots, came close to evening the score moments later, but her 50th-minute shot flew just high of the crossbar. Garcia had a good look a few minutes later, but Kristyn Shea came up with her only save of the match.
Harvard remains at home on Saturday, Sept. 26 for its Ivy League opener against Penn. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.