Women’ Soccer Evens Ivy Record, Downs Yale, 2-1

Sophomore Alexandra Conigliaro scored her first goal of the season on a penalty kick at 56:42 (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Katherine Sheeleigh scored a goal in the first half, and Alexandra Conigliaro converted a penalty kick in the 57th minute, as the Harvard women's soccer team held off archrival Yale, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Ohiri Field.  Goalkeeper Jessica Wright made seven saves for the Crimson, who improve to 4-4-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the Ivy League.  Yale's Ayana Sumiyasu recorded six saves, as the Bulldogs fall to 3-6-1 and 0-2-0 in conference play.

The Crimson jumped ahead, 1-0, off a corner kick in the 14th minute. Peyton Johnson played the ball from the corner and toward the front of the cage.  Elizabeth Weisman headed the ball to her left, finding Sheeleigh who batted home the ball for her fifth goal of the season at 13:52.  With five minutes remaining in the half, the Bulldogs had a chance to tie the contest, as Yale had a two-on-none  in front of Wright.  Mary Kubiuk missed a wide-open portion of the net, kicking the ball wide, as Harvard carried its 1-0 lead into halftime. 

At 56:42 of the second half, Conigliaro was taken down in the Yale box, giving Harvard a penalty-kick attempt. Conigliaro took the kick and placed the ball in the right side of the back of the net, doubling the Crimson's lead to 2-0.  With 2:37 to play in regulation, Kubiukfired a shot at Wright, but Harvard's goalkeeper made the save. The ball, though, bounced right back to Kubiuk who lifted a second shot over Wright to cut Yale's deficit to 2-1.

Yale outshot Harvard, 22-18, while both teams earned four corner kicks apiece.

Harvard will visit Fairfield for a non-conference matchup Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.