Harvard Uses Second Half Surge to Top Cornell, 2-0

Pictured: Freshman Taryn Kurcz tallied the first goal of her collegiate career in the 53rd minute.
Courtesy: Dave Silverma

ITHACA, N.Y. – Taryn Kurcz and Katherine Sheeleigh each netted a goal in the second half of action to help the Harvard women’s soccer team defeat Cornell, 2-0, and improve to 2-0 in Ivy League play. Overall, the Crimson, which has run four games in a row, improves to 5-5-1, while Cornell falls to 1-9-1 and 0-3 in conference games.

In the first half, Harvard mustered five shots on goal, including three off the foot of Sheeleigh, but Cornell’s Megan Bartlett stopped each attempt to keep the game scoreless entering the break. In the second stanza, Kurcz netted her first career goal, heading the ball off a free kick in the corner at 52:52. Lindsey Kowal and Gina Wideroff set up the goal and earned assists, as Harvard went ahead, 1-0.

Less than three minutes later, Alexandra Conigliaro fit a pass through the defense and directly to Sheeleigh, who finished to double Harvard’s lead, 2-0, at 55:15. Lauren Mann played in net for Harvard, making two saves for her fifth victory of the year. The Crimson enjoyed a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks earned for the game, and led in shots, 16-10.

Up next on the schedule, Harvard hosts Brown Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.