10-Player Women’s Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw at Columbia

Kat Hess skies for the ball
Photo by Gil Talbot

NEW YORK – Showing resilience in its final Ivy League contest, Harvard women's soccer (12-3-1, 5-1-1 Ivy) played to a hard fought 1-1 draw with Columbia (9-3-4, 3-1-3 Ivy) in double overtime on Saturday at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.

Senior Kat Hess set a career-high with 11 saves, including nine after Harvard was reduced to 10 players following a red card, becoming the first Harvard goalkeeper to reach double digits since Danielle Etzel '17 did so at Columbia in 2017. Junior Murphy Agnew provided the Harvard goal, her seventh of the season.

The Crimson got out to an early lead, with first-year Gabby DelPico drawing a fourth-minute penalty kick. Agnew stepped to the spot, and calmly slotted away the goal. Columbia responded with a goal in the 27th minute, and Agnew was sent off with a controversial red card in the 30th, and the teams left for the half level at 1-1.

Hess made three saves in the second half, helping send the game to overtime. The senior made four stops over the two overtime periods, while the offense had its best chance at a golden goal in the 107th frame when DelPico slid a pass to Sophie Hirst for a shot that was saved at the last moment by the Lions.

Harvard Highlights

  • Hess made a career-best 11 saves, nine of which came after Harvard was reduced to 10 players.
  • Agnew scored her seventh goal of the season, giving her 22 points on the season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard moves to 28-3-3 in the all-time series with Columbia, and is unbeaten in over the past 12 meetings (10-0-2).
  • Hess' 11 saves were the most since Etzel's 16 at Columbia in 2017.
  • The Crimson finishes second in the Ivy League at 5-1-1 overall.
  • The Crimson scored in every contest this season.

What's Next?
Harvard awaits its fate for the 2019 NCAA Tournament with the selection show on Monday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. The stream will be available on NCAA.com.