Women’s Soccer Drops Matinee at Syracuse, 1-0

Women’s Soccer Drops Matinee at Syracuse, 1-0

The Crimson nearly equalized in the 87th minute, but a shot hit the crossbar (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Falling in a tightly-contested bout on Sunday afternoon, Harvard women's soccer fell to Syracuse, 1-0, at SU Soccer Stadium.

The Crimson fell for the first time in four outings, despite totaling 11 shots, including a game-high six on goal. Junior Leah Mohammadi led the offense with seven shots, while freshman Lauren Raimondo had a pair of attempts on net. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess split time in goal, making two and one save, respectively.

Following a 0-0 first half, Syracuse struck first in the second frame after a Harvard own goal in the 50th minute. Harvard had a flurry of attempts to close the game, including three shots over the final five minutes. Mohammadi had the best look at goal, but her shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Harvard has played five games this year by a 1-0 scoreline.
  • Mohammadi led the offense in shots for the fifth time in six games. The seven attempts against the Orange represented a season-high for the Crimson
  • Etzel and Hess combined for three saves, while Harvard forced Syracuse into six saves.
  • Etzel has not allowed a goal in her last 200 minutes of action, lowering her goals-against average to 0.32 this season.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard and Syracuse are now tied in the series, 1-1, with the only previous matchup coming in 2005.
  • The Crimson moves to 2-2 away from Cambridge this season.
  • The team is 1-1 against ACC foes this year, as the team topped Boston College, 1-0, on Sept. 7.

What's Next:
Harvard returns to Jordan Field for a 4 p.m. kickoff with Quinnipiac on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The game will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Network.