DelPico’s Brace Leads Women’s Soccer Past Connecticut, 3-1

DelPico cuts in front of a Northwestern defender
Photo by Gil Talbot

HARTFORD, Conn. – Picking up its first victory away from home this season, Harvard women's soccer tallied a 3-1 triumph over Connecticut on Sunday afternoon at Dillon Stadium. The Crimson improves to 4-2, while UConn drops to 3-3-1.

First-year Gabby DelPico led the way with the first two goals of her collegiate career, while junior Lauren Raimondo scored her first of the season. First-year Angela Caloia became the second Harvard player with three assists in a game this season, joining sophomore Sophie Hirst, who also ended the game with an assist. Senior Kat Hess was one save shy of a career-high, ending with seven stops.

DelPico gave Harvard the lead in the 30th minute with her first-career goal, driving a shot from 20 yards into the lower left corner. Hirst and Caloia set up the play, and the Crimson went to intermission with a 1-0 lead.

Just under 10 minutes into the second frame, Raimondo doubled the Crimson advantage. Caloia started the play with a shot that was saved, with Raimondo knocking home the rebound from 12 yards. UConn responded with a goal just over a minute later to pull within one, 2-1.

Putting an exclamation mark on the win, DelPico found the back of the net for the second time in the 73rd minute, firing home from near the penalty spot following a cross from Caloia.

Harvard Highlights

  • DelPico became the second Harvard player this year to have two goals in a game.
  • Raimondo scored her first of the season.
  • Caloia tallied three assists to become Harvard's second player to accomplish the feat this season, which a Crimson player hadn't done since 2003 prior to this season.
  • Hess' seven saves are the most for a Crimson netminder this season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard tallied its sixth win in program history against Connecticut, and first since 2011.
  • Three first-year players have scored this year for the Crimson, DelPico, Caloia and Hollyn Torres, while eight different players have a goal this season.

What's Next?
Harvard welcomes UMass Lowell and Long Island to Cambridge Sept. 18 and 21, respectively, at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. The games will be broadcast on ESPN+.