Wachira, Etzel Guide Women’s Soccer Past Yale, 1-0

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Posting its third-straight shutout, and fifth this season, the Harvard women's soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over rival Yale on Saturday night at Jordan Field.

First-year Jillian Wachira scored her first-career goal, while classmate Lara Schenk picked up her first-career point with an assist on the play. The Crimson (4-4-1, 1-0-1 Ivy) outshot Yale (5-4-1, 0-2-0 Ivy) by an 11-9 margin, led by sophomore Murphy Agnew's game-high four attempts. Senior Danielle Etzel tallied three saves for the victory and shutout.

Harvard struck with the game-winning goal in the 29th minute, as Schenk slid a pass to Wachira, who beat a pair of Yale defenders before powering a left-footed shot into the top right corner. Less than a minute later, first-year Sophie Hirst nearly doubled the Crimson advantage, but her shot from 18 yards hooked just wide.

The Crimson outshot the Bulldogs, 6-5, in the second half, and the defense stood strong to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

Harvard Highlights

  • Wachira tallied her first-career goal, while Schenk posted her first-career assist.
  • Etzel increased her league-leading marks in save percentage and goals-against average to .913 and 0.30, respectively. 556 minutes have elapsed since she last allowed a goal.

Game Notes

  • Harvard posted its third-straight shutout, and fifth of the season.
  • First-year players have netted six of 10 Harvard goals this season.
  • The Crimson improves to 33-9-2 all-time against the Bulldogs.

What's Next?
Harvard continues Ivy League action when Cornell visits Cambridge on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.