Women's Soccer Falls to Harvard in Overtime, 1-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's soccer team battled Ivy League leader Harvard for over 98 minutes of scoreless play before ultimately falling to the Crimson, 1-0 in overtime at a chilly Stevenson Field on Tuesday. 

 

The Bears fall to 8-5-1 (3-1-1 Ivy) while Harvard improves to 10-3-2 (5-0-0 Ivy).  

 

MC Barrett (Ithaca, N.Y.) made two saves in the loss to drop to 7-3-0 this season.  Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, Ohio) saw action in the first half, turning away all five Crimson shots on goal.  Cheta Emba stopped the lone shot she faced in the first half before giving way to Lizzie Durack, who improved to 5-0-0 this season for Harvard as she stopped three Brown bids in the second half.

 

The Bears posted the game's first scoring opportunity as Emily Wingrove's (Westwood, Mass.) shot looked ticketed for the lower left corner, only to be smothered by Emba in the fifth minute.

 

Junior defender Annie Gillen (San Clemente, Calif.) canceled out an apparent open net for Harvard in the first half while also notching a team save in the second half to keep the game scoreless.

 

Brown was able to generate more offense in the second half, uncorking three shots on goal against Durack.  Louisa Pitney (Washington, D.C.), Alison Mullin (Boulder, Colo.), and Kirsten Belinsky (Los Altos, Calif.) all registered shots on goal in the second half.

 

With just over eight minutes elapsed in overtime, the Crimson broke through as Elizabeth Weisman's header off a cross from Erika Garcia beat MC Barrett to the top right corner for the sudden-death victory.  Final shots were 16-10 in favor of the Crimson.

 

Brown will return to Ivy League action on Saturday as they play host to Penn at 7 p.m.