Women’s Soccer Blanks Cornell, 2-0, for Fourth-Straight Shutout

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Earning its fourth-consecutive shutout and third-straight in Ivy League play, Harvard women's soccer triumphed over Cornell, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field. With the win, Harvard moved into a tie for first-place in the Ivy League.

Senior Leah Mohammadi led the offense with a goal and an assist, while first-year Trinity Thomas netted the game-winning goal. Senior Danielle Etzel pitched her fifth solo shutout of the season, while the Harvard (5-4-1, 2-0-1 Ivy) offense outshot the Big Red (1-8-1, 0-3-0 Ivy), 18-3.

Harvard managed eight shots without a goal in the opening period, including an attempt from junior Meg Tveit that was cleared off the line by a Cornell defender, but it took just 3:27 into the second half before Harvard took the lead. Mohammadi swung a cross to the far post to a waiting Thomas, who volleyed home the eventual game-winner in traffic.

In the 61st minute, Harvard was awarded a penalty kick after sophomore Cammie Dopke's ball was obstructed by the hand of a Big Red defender. Mohammadi stepped up and buried her fifth goal of the season, and Harvard held on for the shutout victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Mohammadi netted her team-leading fifth goal of the season, and she leads the team with 11 points on the season.
  • Thomas tallied her second-career goal with her volley to open the second half.
  • Etzel pitched her fifth solo shutout of the year, and she extended her shutout streak to 646 minutes.

Game Notes

  • Etzel entered the weekend ranked fifth nationally in goals-against average, and she lowered the total to 0.26.
  • With Thomas' goal, seven of Harvard's 12 scores have now come from first-year players.
  • Harvard improves to 26-3-9 all-time against Cornell, and is unbeaten over the past 25 meetings (20-0-5).

What's Next?
Harvard caps its three-game homestand with its final non-conference game of the year, against Boston University on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The game will be free to attend, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.