Women’s Soccer Set Back by Princeton, 2-1

Garcia tallied her third goal of the year for Harvard (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a chilly Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field, a second-half goal pushed Princeton past Harvard women's soccer, 2-1.

Rachel Garcia tallied her third goal of the year for Harvard when she put home the rebound after a Margaret Purce shot over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper. The Harvard (7-7-1, 4-1-0 Ivy) attack outshot Princeton (12-3-0, 5-0-0 Ivy) 18-8 in the contest, led by Garcia's eight. Purce and Emily Mosbacher each tallied three attempts as well.

Princeton struck first in the sixth minute, when a long through ball from Katie Pratt-Thompson found its way to Mimi Asom, who finished in the bottom corner to go ahead 1-0. Garcia's strike came only seven minutes later, tying the game at 1-1 and shifting momentum for the remainder of the first half.

The Tigers regained the lead in the 57th minute when a cross from Asom fell to the feet of Tyler Lussi, who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the left side of the net to go ahead, 2-1.

The Crimson nearly equalized three minutes later when Garcia slotted a pass across the face of goal to Mosbacher, but the senior's attempt was stopped between the legs of goalkeeper Hannah Winner to preserve the score line. Harvard outshot Princeton 9-2 in the final period, but was unable to secure the game-tying goal to force overtime.

Harvard women's soccer continues its Ivy slate against Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.