CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Chloe Cross (Seattle, Wash.) scored the first tally of the game to give the Bears an early lead, but it was not enough as the Brown women's soccer team fell at Harvard, 3-1, in a showdown between the two top teams in the Ivy League Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field.
Brown dropped to 7-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in league play to break up the team's five-game shutout streak, while Harvard improved to 8-3-2 on the season and 4-0-0 in league action.
Brown opened up the scoring in the seventh minute when Cross scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season. The junior sprinted down the middle of the field and blasted a shot from about 15 yards out for the unassisted tally to lift the visitors to the early lead, 1-0.
Harvard evened the score at 25:45 when Haley Washburn headed in a free kick from Margaret Purce as the teams went into intermission tied up at 1-1. The Crimson held a 6-3 edge in shots in the first stanza.
Harvard scored the go-ahead goal in the 57th minute when Karly Zlatic launched a shot off a corner kick that was saved by senior MC Barrett (Ithaca, N.Y.), but Alika Keene gathered the rebound and set up Marie Margolius for the goal to lift the Crimson in front, 2-1.
Elizabeth Weisman gave the Crimson an insurance goal in the 68th minute. After Peyton Johnson knocked a pass into the box, Margolius sent a pass to the left side, where Weisman buried a shot in the back of the net to secure the 3-1 victory.
Senior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, Ohio) made three saves for the Bears in the first half, before giving way to Barrett, who played the second and registered three stops. Lizzie Durack made two saves in the second half to earn the win for the Crimson, while Bethany Kanten posted one save in the opening half.
Harvard outshot the Bears, 13-9, and won the battle for corner kicks, 7-3. Senior Kiersten Berg (Salt Lake City, Utah) paced the Bears with four shots in the contest.
The Bears return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 22 when they visit Dartmouth at 7 p.m.