Women’s Soccer Falls in Ivy Opener to Penn, 1-0

The Crimson pushed seven shots on goal (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Set back in its 2017 Ivy debut, Harvard women's soccer fell in a defensive battle to Penn, 1-0, on Saturday at Jordan Field.

The Crimson (6-4, 0-1 Ivy) and Quakers (2-5-2, 1-0 Ivy) each fired 10 shots, with the Crimson holding a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. Nine different Harvard players took a shot, led by two from freshman Murphy Agnew. Junior Danielle Etzel and sophomore Kat Hess split time in goal, making two saves apiece.

Penn struck for the opening goal in the 30th minute when Emma Loving slotted a shot into the bottom corner. The Crimson offense had its best chance to equalize late in the period after consecutive attempts on goal from Agnew and junior Niki Young, but Penn goalkeeper Kitty Qu made a pair of saves.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Balanced offensively, nine different Crimson players recorded a shot.
  • Harvard was left off the scoreboard for just the third time this year.
  • Etzel had her streak of play without allowing a goal snapped at 365 minutes.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard tallied a season-best 10 corner kicks.
  • The Crimson drops to 20-7-2 all-time in series history.
  • The loss was Harvard's first in Ivy League play since Oct. 24, 2015.

What's Next?
Harvard continues Ivy action at Yale next Saturday on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.