The Crimson has remained unbeaten in its last 11 Ivy League contests. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to the field for the first time in three games, senior co-captain Meg Casscells-Hamby notched a goal and an assist as the Harvard women's soccer team upended Cornell, 2-0, to improve to 7-3-1 (2-0-1) on the season. Harvard is now unbeaten in its last 11 Ancient Eight contests.
The Big Red falls to 6-5 (0-2) after being allowed only five shots on the day. Conversely, Harvard fired away 23 times, sending in eight on target, keeping Cornell on its heels much of the contest. Margaret Purce used her speed to pace both teams with eight shots, sending four on goal, including one that hit the crossbar.
Between the posts, senior Cheta Emba played all 90 minutes, earning Harvard's eighth clean sheet of the season. Emba made two stops on the day to improve her record to 4-1-0 on the year as the Crimson's netminder.
After the Crimson kept the pressure cooking early in the first, it was freshman Dani Stollar who was on the receiving end of Casscells-Hamby's assist. After a little movement in the box, Stollar grabbed the loose ball at the top, and eventually found the back of the net with a rocket of a shot to put the Crimson up 1-0 at the 31-minute mark.
Cornell and Harvard traded shots to bring the first half to a close, but the horn sounded with the Crimson maintaining a 1-0 advantage after 45 minutes. Into the second, it didn't take long for Harvard to add to the lead. Emily Mosbacher managed to work her way towards the right side of the goal and sent in a beautiful cross, right to Casscells-Hamby. The senior made a great effort to direct a header with emphasis past Cornell's Kelsey Tierney, extending the Crimson's lead to 2-0.
From there, Purce and the Crimson attack didn't let up, but Tierney halted the attack to prevent any further damage. Due to the collective team defense out of the Crimson, Emba needed just one save in each half to stifle Cornell as the Crimson came away with the 2-0 victory.
After the win, Harvard turns its attention back to the road with three consecutive Ivy League trips to Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth, before closing out the regular season with a visit from Columbia.