Seniors, Agnew Guide Women’s Soccer Past Columbia, 2-1

Photo by Penny Ashford
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Celebrating an accomplished senior class on a windy afternoon, Harvard women's soccer earned a 2-1 victory over Columbia at Jordan Field.

Senior Alli Wiggins and sophomore Murphy Agnew found the back of the net for the Crimson (7-7-1, 4-2-1 Ivy League), while senior Leah Mohammadi, junior Meg Tveit and first-year Sophie Hirst earned assists. Senior Danielle Etzel made three saves between the posts to earn the win.

Wiggins put the Crimson on the board first in the 11th minute, scoring her first-career goal with a 10-yard shot into the lower-right corner. Hirst cut a 45-degree pass backwards to Wiggins near the penalty spot for the finish. Columbia (8-7-1, 4-3 Ivy League) responded with the equalizing goal in the 17th minute.

Harvard outshot the Lions by a 7-4 margin in the second period, and took the lead in the 79th minute after Agnew's second goal of the season. Tveit started the break with a leading pass to Mohammadi, who carried the ball 50 yards before slotting the ball to Agnew for a curling finish into the upper-right corner.

The Crimson held onto the advantage to close the game and its fourth Ivy League victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Wiggins found the back of the net on senior day for her first-career score.
  • Mohammadi and Agnew connected on the game-winner, for Agnew's second goal of the season. Mohammadi ends the year as the team leader in points with 17.
  • Etzel picked up her seventh win of the year between the posts, making a trio of stops.

Game Notes

  • Harvard is unbeaten against the Lions over the last 11 meetings (9-0-2), and improves to 28-3-2 in the series history.
  • Harvard finished with a .500 or better record for the 12th-straight season.

What's Next?
Harvard will finish in second or third place in the Ivy League standings, pending the result of tonight's Penn-Princeton game.