The Crimson moves to 6-2-1 after the tie on Monday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team outshot the University of Massachusetts, 17-12, in an evenly matched game at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on Monday night, but the Crimson and Minutewomen finished 110 minutes in a scoreless draw. It's the fourth game in a row the Crimson has not yielded a goal to an opponent, marking the longest streak since the 2007 campaign.
After just its second overtime contest of the season, Harvard moves to 6-2-1, while UMass stays at 2-5-3 following its seventh extra-minute affair.
Splitting the keeper duties were Lizzie Durack and Cheta Emba, the latter of whom collected Harvard's only save. Both Margaret Purce and Emily Mosbacher paced the Crimson attack, collecting five and four shots, respectively. Purce led the squad with a pair of shots on goal, while Mosbacher had a hot boot, sending two of her four shots just above the crossbar.
After a methodical first half, where the Crimson reeled off six shots, all before the 20-minute mark, Harvard had a few of its better chances in the second. Joan Fleischman drove hard into the box looking for a score, but was denied in time by the UMass defense as it blocked the shot away. Shortly after co-captain Marie Margolius headed a shot high to the far post, but it flew just wide.
Late in the second, Fleischman attacked again, as did freshman Dani Stollar, but both times, Cassidy Babin was there to keep Harvard off the board.
From there, the first overtime period featured a fair amount of Purce, who sent a shot wide before she had one blocked in the box that was unable to evolve from there. Margolius got her head on what was perhaps the best overall chance on the day, sending a low shot to the near post on Babin, but the UMass keeper was there for the quick save.
In the second OT, freshman Mia Bladin represented the only shot by either side after a lengthy, drawn-out battle, but it rolled straight to Babin in the 108th minute.
After the draw, Harvard will look to rest through the week until Yale pays a visit to pick Ivy League play back up on Saturday at 4 p.m.