Johnson Converts PK in Overtime, Leads Crimson Women's Soccer to 2-1 Victory at Yale

Johnson now has two goals and seven points on the season (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In the 93rd minute, Harvard's Peyton Johnson scored on a penalty kick, propelling the Crimson women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Yale Saturday afternoon. Melanie Baskind also scored a goal for Harvard, while Crimson goalkeeper Bethany Kanten made two saves in the win.

Harvard improves to 2-0 in Ivy League play and 6-4 overall, while the Bulldogs slip to 1-1 in conference action and 4-4-2 overall.

In the extra session, Harvard earned a corner kick at 91:47 and kept possession after the ball was hit into play. Johnson dribbled the ball on the right side of the box and attempted to hit the ball on net, but it struck a Yale defender in the hand, setting up an automatic penalty kick for the Crimson. Johnson stepped up and drilled the penalty kick, giving Harvard a sudden victory at 92:16.

Yale grabbed a 1-0 lead when Kristen Forster made a long pass to Meredith Speck who hit the ball with her left foot into the back of the net from 20 yards out at 17:00. Harvard mustered two shots on net in the first half, but chances by Meg Casscells-Hamby and Melanie Baskind were turned aside by Yale netminder Adel Jackson-Gibson.

At the break, the Crimson held an edge in corner kicks, 2-1, but trailed on the scoreboard, 1-0, and in shots, 4-3.

In the 50th minute, Elizabeth Weisman put a shot on target, but Jackson-Gibson was there to make her third save of the afternoon. At 59:13, Patricia Yau made a cross pass into the box, setting up a one-timer for Baskind. Baskind kicked the ball with her left foot and inside the post, tying the game, 1-1.

Later in the second half, Casscells-Hamby had two more shots on net, but Jackson-Gibson made saves on both attempts. Harvard outshot Yale, 8-4, in the second stanza and owned an edge in corners, 3-1, in the frame.

Harvard held the final count in shots, 12-8, and corner kicks, 6-2.

The Crimson will return to Cambridge to host Fairfield Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. The game will be played at Ohiri Field.