Harvard Women's Soccer Overpowers UNH, 4-1
Mai Le assisted on the game-winning score (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four different Crimson women's soccer players scored goals, as Harvard topped New Hampshire in a non-conference game by a score of 4-1 at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon. Melanie Baskind handed out two assists, while Erika Garcia, Catherine Coppinger, Elizabeth Weisman and Meg Casscells-Hamby tallied a goal apiece.
The Crimson has now won two straight games and improves to 5-4 overall, while the Wildcats fall to 2-7-1 on the year.
Harvard controlled play in the first half, scoring two goals in the frame and outshooting the Wildcats, 14-3. At 8:55, Aisha Price sent a pass toward the right sideline, finding Garcia. Garcia dribbled into the box and buried a shot past UNH goalkeeper Erica Correa and into the cage, putting Harvard up 1-0.
With 38 seconds left to play in the half, Harvard was fouled deep in the UNH zone, setting up a free kick. Peyton Johnson sent the ball into the box, and Mai Le tipped the ball back into the air. Coppinger got position in front of the net and headed the ball for the Crimson's second score.
Bethany Kanten started in goal for Harvard and did not face a shot on net in 45 minutes.
The Crimson extended its lead to 3-0 when Baskind bounced a pass from the right side to Weisman. Weisman paused and sent a shot over UNH goalkeeper Erin Jackson, who came into the game after halftime, at 49:13.
Less than three minutes later, Baskind assisted on another score, finding Casscells-Hamby in front of the net, as Harvard made it a 4-0 contest at 51:55. UNH got on the scoreboard with a goal off a corner kick, as Meghan Ledwith cut the Wildcat deficit to 4-1 at 52:35.
Cheta Emba played the second half in goal for the Crimson and recorded two stops. Erica Correa and Erin Jackson split time in net for UNH and each goalkeeper made three saves.
Harvard led in shots, 22-10, and corner kicks, 8-1, including 5-0 in the first half.
Up next, Harvard will visit archrival Yale Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.