Emba made six crucial saves on the day for Harvard. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team and Colgate battled through 75 minutes of scoreless action, but a late goal allowed the Raiders (5-1-1) to squeak by the Crimson (3-2-0) with a 1-0 win on Sunday at Soldiers Field Soccer Complex.
The shots were just about even from both sides, with Colgate holding a 13-11 advantage, but the Raiders had a 7-3 advantage with shots on target. Crimson keeper Cheta Emba was up to the task all afternoon, stopping six of those seven, but Eliza Doll's rocket in the 76th minute was the difference.
In the first half, both teams held near-equal possession, but the Crimson was able to fire off five more shots, thanks to five taken by Margaret Purce – two of which she nearly made count, including one off the inside of the post at the 39-minute mark.
But into the second half, the Raiders took over. Colgate came out of the gates quickly, testing Emba early in the last stanza. The senior keeper made a great save off freshman Emily Crichlow – Colgate's leading scorer – to keep the then-clean sheet.
Emba stood tall once again, late in the second with a diving save. In a full stretch after a Jenna Raepple shot, Emba got just enough of her finger tips on the ball to prevent the score, but Doll soon capitalized on the possession with her goal at 74:18 to put the Raiders ahead for good.
Up next after the narrow defeat, Harvard heads out for three on the road as the Crimson travels to New Hampshire, Long Island and Penn to close out the month of September into Ivy League play.