Garcia’s Goal Leads to 1-1 Tie for Women’s Soccer Against Brown

Garcia’s Goal Leads to 1-1 Tie for Women’s Soccer Against Brown

The senior scored with 93 seconds left in regulation (Penny Ashford).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a dramatic finish in regulation, Harvard women's soccer earned its third-consecutive tie, playing even with Brown, 1-1, on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field. The tie extended the Crimson's unbeaten streak to eight games.

Harvard (7-3-3, 2-0-2 Ivy) got a late goal from senior Rachel Garcia, scoring in the 89th minute to send the game into overtime. The play was assisted by senior Margaret Purce and sophomore Leah Mohammadi, the fourth assist for both players on the season. Senior Lizzie Durack played all 110 minutes in goal, making three saves.

The Crimson outshot the Bears 28-11 in the contest, but Brown struck first in the 27th minute after a goal from Mikela Waldman. Celia Story and Carly Gould played the ball to Waldman, and her shot just made it across the goal line before the Crimson defense could clear the ball away.

Searching for an equalizer, senior Carly Rotatori nearly delivered with a header in the 70th minute, but her attempt ricocheted off the post and out of play. Harvard forced Brown goalkeeper Christine Etzel into a pair of saves in the subsequent minutes, but the netminder made two of her 14 saves on the afternoon.

Garcia delivered the game-tying goal in the 89th minute, heading home the ball into the top left corner. Mohammadi started the sequence with a free kick on the other side of midfield, playing a ball that met the head of Purce to the left of the penalty spot. Purce sent the ball across the face of goal to Garcia, where she was able to finish her fourth score of the season.

Harvard outshot Brown in overtime, 5-0, but the Crimson was unable to secure the golden goal, as each team left the field with one point. Harvard women's soccer travels to Princeton for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 22. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.