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Harvard Women’s Soccer Powers Past Quinnipiac, 3-0

Elizabeth Weisman opened the scoring at 9:19 (Gil Talbot).

HAMDEN, Conn. – Elizabeth Weisman, Lauren Varela and Emily Mosbacher each scored goals, while goalkeepers Bethany Kanten and Cheta Emba combined for the shutout, leading the Harvard women's soccer team to a 3-0 win at Quinnipiac Wednesday afternoon.  

With the win, Harvard improves its record to 3-1-1, marking the best start for Harvard to a season since beginning 4-1 overall in 2001. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 4-1-1 this fall.

Kanten made one save in net for Harvard in the first half, while Emba did not face a shot on goal in the second half by Quinnipiac. Jillian Kelly finished with five saves for the Bobcats.  The Crimson controlled the final count in shots, 13-2, and corner kicks, 8-3.

Harvard controlled play early, mustering four of the first five shots, before grabbing a 1-0 lead on a tally by Weisman. Alika Keene earned an assist on the play, setting up the goal by Weisman at the 9:19 mark. In the 35th minute, Weisman nearly went up by two goals, but Weisman's chance at 34:46 hit the post.

The Crimson outshot the Bobcats, 8-2, in the first half, forcing Kelly to make four stops. Harvard also earned four of the six corner kicks in the opening stanza.

In the second, Harvard had two early corner kicks, the latter resulting in a shot on goal by Aisha Price, but Kelly turned aside the chance by the Crimson at 55:00.  In the 66th minute, Harvard doubled its advantage to 2-0 with a tally off the foot of Varela, who found the back of the net at 65:32.

The Crimson capped the scoring when Catherine Coppinger made a pass to Emily Mosbacher, who capitalized for a goal at 86:17, making it a 3-0 contest.

Harvard returns home to host No. 5/12 Boston College Saturday at 7 p.m.