Second-Half Charge Guides Harvard Women’s Soccer Past Brown, 4-1
Taryn Kurcz capped the scoring with a tally at 67:32 (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's soccer team tallied four goals in the second half to earn a 4-1 conference win at Brown Saturday afternoon.
Meg Casscells-Hamby notched two goals and dished out two assists for a career-high six points, while Elizabeth Weismanand Tayrn Kurcz also tallied a goal for Harvard, which improves to 6-3-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the Ivy League, as the victory keeps the Crimson in the Ancient Eight title race.
Harvard goalie Bethany Kanten earned her fifth win of the year without making a save.
Despite outshooting Brown (6-6, 0-4 Ivy), 10-4, in the opening stanza, the Crimson was kept off the scoreboard, as neither team found the back of the net in the first 45 minutes. The Crimson mustered five shots on target in the first half, but Brown goalkeeper Amber Bledsoe came up with five stops.
Following halftime, the Crimson earned a corner kick late in the 50th minute. Lauren Urke took the corner and placed the ball into the box. The ball deflected off a defender to Casscells-Hamby, who put a high shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net at 50:13, putting Harvard ahead, 1-0.
Weisman beat Brown goalie MC Barrett with a shot for Harvard's second goal at 58:50. Aisha Price and Haley Washburn earned assists on the play. Price sent the ball into the box, and Washburn headed it off the crossbar. Weisman collected the rebound and sent a shot past Bledose, making it 2-0.
Less than three minutes later, Brown responded with a tally by Erin Katz at 61:35, cutting the Harvard lead in half, 2-1. Mike Siegelman passed the ball into the box, and Katz shot the ball to Kanten's right for the goal by the Bears.
Harvard struck back only 52 seconds later, as Lauren Varela crossed the ball from the right side to the middle of the box, and Casscells-Hamby fired for a one-timer at 62:26, as the Crimson went back up by two goals, 3-1. At 67:32, Kurcz scored, as Harvard took a commanding, 4-1 advantage. Casscells-Hamby and Kurcz had a give-and-go, with Kurcz finishing with a tally from the center of the box off the left post and in.
The Crimson outshot the Bears, 17-5, for the game and mustered nine shots on target, compared to only one for Brown. Corner kicks were even, 3-3.
Up next, Harvard hosts Holy Cross Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.