Harvard Runs Past Brown, 4-1

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Harvard women's soccer team (6-3-3, 2-1-1) opened up a 0-0 game with a pair of goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half and then answered a Brown score with two more tallies to earn a 4-1 victory over the Bears (6-6-0, 0-4-0) on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

Brown was led by junior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH), who recorded five saves in a scoreless first half, and freshman Erin Katz (Montgomery, AL), who tallied her first career goal.

Bledsoe was critical in helping Brown remain in the game during the first 45 minutes, as the Crimson built a 10-4 advantage in shots, including a 5-0 margin in shots on goal.

The Bears had the first scoring chance of the game, just 3:35 in, when junior Maddie Wiener (Portland, OR) sent a perfect cross through the box that found junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) back door. Pitney timed her header perfectly, but the ball went just wide of the net.

From that point on, it was all Harvard, as Bledsoe was forced to make several diving saves to keep the Crimson off the board.

The opening goal came just 5:13 after the half following a broken play on a Harvard corner kick. After the corner kick, the ball deflected off a Brown clearing attempt right to Meg Casscells-Hamby at the top of the box. Casscells-Hamby sent the ball back in and her high shot bounced off the crossbar and into the net for the 1-0 lead.

Just eight minutes later, Elizabeth Weisman doubled Harvard's advantage. From just over the midfield line, Aisha Price sent the ball into the box, where it was headed off the crossbar by Haley Washburn. The ball bounced right out to Weisman, who one-timed it past junior MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) at 58:48.

The Bears made it a one-goal game at the 61:34 mark, as Katz took a pass from junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) inside the box and fired it past a charging Bethany Kanten for her first career goal.

However, the Crimson wasted little time in regaining the two-goal lead, as Taryn Kurcz needed just 52 seconds to give her team a 3-1 lead when she took a cross from Lauren Varela and one-timed it past Barrett for her fourth goal of the year.

Kurcz added another goal five minutes later, finishing off a give-and-go with Casscells-Hamby at the top of the box when she banked her shot off the left post and in for her second of the game and the 4-1 final.

In all, Harvard outshot Brown, 17-5, including a 9-1 margin in shots on goal. Both teams had three corner kicks.  

Brown will close out its current three-game homestand next Sunday when it hosts Cornell in a 3:00 p.m. Ivy League contest.

Pictured: Erin Katz '16. Photo by DSPics.net.