Bladin recorded her first career goal on Wednesday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Mia Bladin tallied her first career score, while senior Bethany Kanten had an excellent performance between the posts for the Harvard women's soccer team, but the Crimson ultimately fell to crosstown foe Boston University, 2-1, in double overtime on Wednesday evening at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Though she allowed two scores – the first to find the back of the net against Harvard in six games – Kanten played lights out for much of the contest, garnering 11 saves, most of them highlight-worthy. Thanks to Bladin's score in the 43rd minute, the Crimson finally got on the board after two consecutive scoreless draws over the last two weeks.
Bladin's tally got the scoring started, BU and Harvard traded blows well before the end of the first. The two clubs combined for 16 shots in the first 45 minutes of play. The Terriers ended the game with 22 total (11 on goal), to the Crimson's 13 (eight on goal).
Margaret Purce fired away two solid shots on target, bookended by beautiful saves from Kanten as things were scoreless through much of the first. BU kept peppering Kanten in goal with long shots from outside the box, mixed with some breakaways which the senior batted away, but Bladin ended the Terriers' momentum with her score. After Lauren Varela nearly got one past BU's Alyssa Parisi, Bladin was there to scoop up the remains to put home the game's first mark.
The Crimson held a 1-0 lead into the second, but not for long as Jenna Fisher skied one past Kanten from outside the box to even the ledger at 1-1 in the 52nd minute. Laura Aguilar and Haley Washburn each had a chance to push the Crimson ahead shortly after, but Parisi was there both times to keep things deadlocked.
The two sides traded possession and shots for the remaining of the tense second period until it was clear that overtime was needed – for Harvard its third extra-period game in a row. Taylor Krebs tested Kanten early, trying to give BU the early win, but the Harvard keeper and her back line prevented any Terrier score.
Midway through the second OT period, however, Erica Kisienski made a great move just outside the box, lofting one just over Kanten's mitts for the game-winning goal, ending Harvard's five-game unbeaten streak in the process.
After the loss, Harvard turns its attention back to Ivy League play this weekend as Cornell pays a visit to Soldiers Field for Alumni Weekend.