Women’s Soccer Edges Penn, 2-1, to Win First Ivy League Match

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Earning its first win in Ivy League play, Harvard women's soccer (4-3-1, 1-0) defeated Penn, 2-1, in a wild game Friday evening at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Each team recorded an own goal, while freshman forward Karly Zlatic posted her second score of the season off a corner kick.

Unbeaten in its last five matches, the Crimson outshot the Quakers (4-1-2, 0-1) by a 9-4 margin and connected on the lone corner of the contest.

Penn got on the board in the 67th minute, as a misplayed clear resulted in an own goal for Harvard.

The Crimson evened the score eight minutes later, as Weisman earned a corner kick on the left side. Fellow senior captain Peyton Johnson started the play with a lofting cross into the box. Sophomore Alika Keene got a foot on the ball and Zlatic lofted it over Penn goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli into the top right corner of the net.

Harvard went ahead on a Penn own goal with 11 minutes remaining. Freshman forward Midge Purce served the ball into the box from 40 yards out off a free kick and connected with a Quaker defender, who pushed the ball into the back of the net.   

Junior goalkeeper Cheta Emba earned the start, while classmate Bethany Kanten registered the win. Neither netminder had to make a save, as Penn took four shots and did not put one on frame.

The Crimson held possession for a majority of the first half, outshooting the Quakers by a 6-0 margin. In the 10th minute, Weisman earned the best opportunity of the stanza, blasting a shot on frame that forced Penn defender Claire Walker to make a defensive save.

Harvard steps out of league play on Sunday, Sept. 29, traveling to Central Connecticut State University for a 6 p.m. kickoff.