Garcia netted her first goal of the season for the Crimson (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening the 2016 campaign under the lights, Harvard women's soccer fell to No. 10 Connecticut, 3-1, at Jordan Field. Harvard drops to 0-1 on the season, while Connecticut improves to 3-0.
Senior Rachel Garcia tallied the Harvard goal, lofting a shot over the goaltender with her left foot. The Crimson outshot the Huskies, 14-10, and created 14 corner kicks against only one for Connecticut. Senior Margaret Purce led the Crimson with a game-high five shots, while senior Lizzie Durack got the start in goal, making seven saves.
The Huskies grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute after Maddie Damm collected a pass from Stephanie Ribero and finished a shot from the top of the box in the upper right corner. The Connecticut lead doubled in the 36th minute after a goal from Rachel Hill, assisted by Danielle Gottwik.
Garcia put Harvard on the board in the 66th minute, collecting a pass from freshman Maggie Basta and finishing over the top of the UConn goalkeeper. The score was Garcia's first of the season and fourth of her Harvard career, while Basta picked up her first-career assist.
The Crimson nearly pulled level less than four minutes later after a shot from Basta and subsequent save forced the ball into a dangerous position. Garcia fired a shot through a pair of Connecticut defenders, but the ball was cleared off the line by Damm.
Connecticut scored its third of the game in the 79th minute when Hill put home a rebound following a save from Durack. The goal was her second of the game.
Harvard controlled the pace of play over the final 12 minutes, but Connecticut held the Crimson out of the net to hold on for the victory.
The Crimson makes a quick turnaround to host Army on Monday, August 29 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.