Women’s Soccer Opens Season with 1-0 Shutout over Providence

Mohammadi scored brilliantly for the opening goal of the season (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening the season with a strong defensive performance, Harvard women's soccer earned a 1-0 victory over Providence on Friday at Ohiri Field.

Junior Leah Mohammadi gave Harvard (1-0-0) the lead in the second half, scoring her third-career goal direct from a corner kick in the 68th minute. The Crimson offense outshot the Friars (0-3-0) by a 9-8 margin, with an 8-to-2 advantage in the second half. Junior Danielle Etzel and Kat Hess combined for the shutout in goal, making three and two saves, respectively.

Providence outshot the Crimson 6-1 in the first half, but Harvard controlled the attack in the final 45 minutes. The defensive core of seniors Marie Becker, Dani Stollar and Candy Janachowski and sophomore Kimaya Cole held the Providence attack off the board, sealing the shutout.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Leah Mohammadi netted her first goal of the season, and the third of her career.
  • Harvard peppered the Providence defense with eight shots in the second half, with freshman Lauren Raimondo firing a game-high three, including two on goal. Classmate Maria DiMartinis had two shots.
  • Sophomore Kat Hess moved to 1-0-0 in net, and combined with junior Danielle Etzel in recording the shutout.
  • Harvard moves to 9-3-1 in the series history with Providence, with wins in each of the last two meetings.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard tallied seven corner kicks in the game, equaling its season average from a year ago.
  • Over the course of her career, the Crimson is 3-0 when Mohammadi finds the back of the net.
  • The squad opened the season with a shutout after recording seven last season.
  • The class of 2018 moves to 30-16-7 (.632) since the players' arrival in Cambridge.

What's Next:

Harvard heads down Storrow Drive for a Tuesday, August 29 matchup at Northeastern. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the game will be broadcast by GoNUxstream.