Sheeleigh Nets Two Goals as Harvard Powers Past Fairfield, 4-1

Pictured: Junior Katherine Sheeleigh found the back of the net twice in the first half and finished the game with four shots on goal.
Photo courtesy: Dave Silverman

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior forward Katherine Sheeleigh scored twice in the first half to help Harvard to a 4-1 victory over Fairfield in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Ohiri Field. Gina Wideroff and Patricia Yau also netted a goal apiece for the Crimson, helping the team improve its record to 4-5-1 on the season.

Sheeleigh put Harvard on top only 2:22 into the action, as she accepted a pass from Kerry Kartsonis and fired the ball on goal. Fairfield goalkeeper Kelly Boudreau dove to her right to stop the shot, but the ball deflected off her gloves and rolled behind the line for a Harvard score. Fairfield (6-7-1) knotted the game in the 21st minute when Jasmin Corniel headed a corner kick from Nicole Cavallaro just inside the near post. Harvard jumped back ahead, 2-1, at 42:02, as Sheeleigh blasted a shot from 15 yards out that cleared the defense and flew past Boudreau. Yau moved the ball to Sheeleigh and earned an assist on Harvard’s second goal.

In the second half, Harvard increased its lead to 3-1 at 53:59, as Wideroff received a pass from Melanie Baskind and booted a shot into the top right corner of the cage from 25 yards out. In the final minutes of the contest, Yau put the game out of reach, as she outran a defender and placed a shot into the lower left portion of the net, making it 4-1 at 84:29. Alexandra Conigliaro set up the goal with a clean pass into the middle of the box.

Harvard owned a 26-7 advantage in shots for the game, including 15-3 in the second half. The Crimson also had a 9-3 lead in corner kicks, earning all four of the second-half corner chances. Lauren Mann picked up her fourth victory of the season, making two saves. The Crimson visits Cornell in an Ivy League contest Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m.