Women’s Soccer Posts 2-0 Shutout over Northwestern

Harvard celebrates a goal against Northwestern
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tallying its second-consecutive shutout in front of more than 1,000 spectators, Harvard women's soccer picked up a victory over Northwestern, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Ohiri Field. The Crimson improves to 2-1 with the win, while Northwestern falls to 2-3-1.

Sophomores Sophie Hirst and Trinity Thomas found the back of the net, each for the first time this season. First-year Angela Caloia pitched in a career-best two assists, while junior Murphy Agnew also tallied one helper. Senior Kat Hess played all 90 minutes between the posts, earning the shutout with a pair of saves.

Harvard peppered the Wildcats for 15 shots, including 11 on target, but it took until the 33rd minute for the Crimson to jump ahead. Caloia found Agnew in space down the right side of the penalty box, who crossed Hirst for a volley from six yards. The score was the first of the season for Hirst.

Just 3:31 into the second frame, Thomas pounced on a rebound following a shot from Caloia that produced a diving save. The sophomore calmly slotted the ball into the nylon to double the Crimson's advantage. Seven of Northwestern's 10 saves came in the second half, and Harvard was able to hold tight for its second-straight shutout.

Harvard Highlights

  • Caloia and Agnew have tallied points in each of Harvard's three games.
  • Hirst scored her first goal of the season, and the fourth of her career.
  • Thomas tallied her third-career goal, and her first in 2019.
  • Hess tallied her second-career solo shutout, while the game was the eighth shutout she participated in.

Game Notes

  • Harvard moves to 1-0 against Northwestern after winning the first battle between the two in program history.
  • The trio of Caloia, Agnew and Hirst have combined for 18 points over the first three games of the season.
  • Harvard picked up its first win over a Big Ten school since topping Ohio State, 1-0, in 2005.

What's Next?
Harvard continues its four-game homestand at Jordan Field on Tuesday, Sept. 10 against Massachusetts. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on ESPN+.