CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening the home slate with an offensive outburst, Harvard women's soccer used a four-goal second half to dispatch Syracuse, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Freshmen Taylor Nielsen, Sophie Hirst and Trinity Thomas each netted their first-career goal, while senior Leah Mohammadi added her team-leading second goal of the season. Nielsen posted her first-career three-point game, as she provided the assist to Thomas for Harvard's second score of the day. Senior Danielle Etzel made six saves in goal, earning her first shutout of the season.
Following a scoreless first half, sophomore Murphy Agnew was taken down in the box in the 52nd minute, which allowed Hirst to step to the penalty spot and give Harvard a 1-0 lead. The Crimson doubled the advantage in the 63rd minute, as Thomas slotted a shot into the bottom corner following a through ball from Nielsen.
Earning a second penalty kick just six minutes later after freshman Jordan Di Verniero was fouled in the box, senior Leah Mohammadi smoothly finished a penalty kick of her own into the corner, giving Harvard a 3-0 lead. Nielsen capped the scoring on the afternoon after one-timing a tremendous shot from 25 yards into the top left corner. Etzel made three saves in each period to earn the shutout.
- Three Harvard freshman tallied their first-career goals: Taylor Nielsen, Sophie Hirst and Trinity Thomas.
- Mohammadi leads the team with two goals and four points.
- Etzel backed a strong defense with six saves for Harvard's first shutout of the season.
- Harvard scored four goals for the first time since Oct. 3, 2015, when it beat Yale, 4-0.
- The Crimson improves to 2-1 all-time against Syracuse, with its other win coming in 2005.
- The Crimson posted a season-high with 16 shots, outshooting the Orange 16-9.
Harvard hits the road with a quick trip to Quinnipiac on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Quinnipiac All Access.