Baskind leads Harvard with four goals and 12 points on the season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Melanie Baskind tallied two goals in the first half, while Crimson goalkeepers Cheta Emba and Bethany Kanten combined for the shutout, as the Harvard women's soccer team earned a 2-0 victory over Penn in the Ivy League opener Friday evening. Peyton Johnson handed out both assists for Harvard in the win.
The Crimson, which snaps a three-game losing streak, improves to 1-0 in conference play and 4-4 overall, while the Quakers fall to 5-2 and 0-1 in Ivy League action.
In the first half, Johnson played a cross pass from the 20 yards out, finding Baskind on the left side. Baskind took the ball and fired to give Harvard a 1-0 lead at 13:02.
In the 25th minute, Baskind added to its advantage off a corner kick, as Johnson played the ball into play. After the ball bounced in front of the net, Baskind placed the ball into the corner and by Penn goalkeeper Sarah Banks, making it 2-0 at 24:42.
At the break, Harvard owned a 5-3 edge in shots and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Emba started in goal for the Crimson and recorded one save in the first half.
In the second, the Crimson controlled much of the play, outshooting the Quakers, 11-6. Penn did manage three shots on target, but Kanten stopped all three chances, preserving the shutout. Harvard led the final count in shots, 16-9, and in corner kicks, 6-2.
The Crimson will step back into non-conference play and will host New Hampshire Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.