Women's Soccer Downs Fairfield, 3-1, in Season Finale
Melanie Baskind scored her second goal with only 17 seconds remaining (Gil Talbot).
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In the final game of the season, Melanie Baskind tallied two goals and Elizabeth Weisman added a score, while goalkeepers Alexandra Millet and Jessica Wright combined to earn the victory for Harvard in a 2-1 win at Fairfield Thursday evening. Katherine Sheeleigh assisted on a goal and finishes her career sixth in program history with 79 points, as the Crimson concludes its season with a 9-7-1 overall record.
Only hours after being named Ivy League Player of the Year, Sheeleigh helped Harvard grab a 1-0 lead early on in the eighth minute, as she sent a pass to Weisman. The freshman, standing in front of the cage, kicked the ball over the head of Fairfield goalkeeper Kelly Boudreau.
The Crimson maintained its lead until 20:25 when Fairfield's Nikki Stanton scored off a corner kick by Carly Beyar. The corner kick landed on the near side, and Stanton sent a shot through the Harvard defense to knot the game.
Harvard opened the second half with back-to-back shots coming off corner kicks, but Boudreau stopped chances by Alexandra Conigliaro and Lindsey Kowal. Midway through the second stanza, Baskind put the Crimson ahead, 2-1, as she kicked home a loose ball in front of the goal at 64:05. With time winding down in the game, Fairfield pushed Boudreau forward to gain an extra player in the Harvard zone. The Crimson though gained possession and Baskind was able to score in an empty net with only 17 seconds to play.
Boudreau made nine saves for Fairfield, which see its record drop to 8-9-3. Harvard outshot the Stags, 16-9, and had an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks for the game.
Wright started the game in net for Harvard and made one save, while Millet played the final 59 minutes and finished with two stops.