Hirst, Strong Defense Guide Women’s Soccer to Victory at Quinnipiac, 1-0

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

HAMDEN, Conn. – Capturing its second-straight shutout victory, Harvard women's soccer controlled the action on Sunday afternoon against Quinnipiac, winning 1-0.

Freshman Sophie Hirst scored for the second-consecutive game, while sophomore Murphy Agnew dished her team-leading second assist of the season. Senior Danielle Etzel and the Harvard defense posted its second-straight shutout.

Harvard (2-2) and Quinnipiac (1-4) played a scoreless first half, with the Crimson allowing just one shot from the Bobcats. In the second half, it took just under eight minutes for Harvard to take the lead, as Agnew slotted a through ball to Hirst for a strong upper corner finish. The score was her second of the season, tying her for the team lead.

The Crimson fired 12 second half shots, forcing the Bobcats' goalkeeper into eight saves on the afternoon. Etzel made a pair of saves to close the victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Hirst posted her second-career goal, and the freshman has scored in each of her appearances this season.
  • Agnew tallied her second assist of the season, which leads the team.
  • Etzel posted her fourth-career solo shutout, and second this season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since topping St. John's and Boston College in September of 2017.
  • The Crimson improves to 5-0 all-time against Quinnipiac.
  • Freshmen have contributed four of six Harvard's goals this season.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to Jordan field on Wednesday, Sept. 5 for a 6 p.m. meeting with Maine. The game will be broadcast on NESN and ESPN+.