Sheeleigh’s OT Goal Lifts Harvard to Sudden Victory Over Brown

 The Crimson and its fans celebrate Sheeleigh's overtime winner (photo courtesy David Silverman Photography).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Forward Katherine Sheeleigh scored a goal in the 93rd minute off a corner kick from Melanie Baskind to give Harvard a 1-0 overtime victory against Ivy League rival Brown Saturday afternoon at Ohiri Field.  The Crimson, which has now won five straight games, improves to 3-0 in the Ancient Eight and 6-5-1 overall, while Brown falls to 4-7 and 1-3 in conference play.

After a scoreless first half in which Brown earned six of nine corner kicks and each team mustered six shots apiece, the Crimson and Bears earned quality scoring chances in the second stanza.  Late in the 70th minute, Brown's Gina Walker hit the crossbar, and Melissa Kim followed moments later with a shot that was blocked in front by the Harvard defense.  Less than two minutes later, Christina Hagner gave Harvard its best chance of the half, but her shot from inside the box was blocked.

In overtime, Brown almost scored a golden goal, when Marybeth Lesbirel booted a hard shot from 30 yards out. Harvard goalkeeper Lauren Mann leapt and deflected the ball off the crossbar before taking control and clearing. 

Up next on the schedule, Harvard hits the road to visit archrival Yale Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Game time is slated for 3 p.m.