Women's Soccer Falls To Harvard, 2-0
Aug. 31, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's soccer was in a scoreless deadlock with Harvard at the intermission, but a pair of second half goals on restarts helped the Crimson (1-0-0) past the Minutewomen (2-2-0) on Rudd Field on Friday afternoon.
UMass netminder Stephanie Gordon kept Harvard off the board early on, coming up with a pair of quality saves in the 10th minute. On the second of two strikes by Peyton Johnson, Gordon leapt to touch a ball, which was bound for the back of the net, over the crossbar.
Then, just before the close of the period, freshman Jackie Bruno nearly put the Minutewomen on the board. However, her shot from 15 yards out sailed inches over the crossbar.
Just over five minutes in to the second half, the Crimson broke up the scoreless deadlock. Haley Washburn connected with a corner kick from Johnson, heading it in past Gordon from close range at 50:07.
Johnson later brought the score to 2-0 with a tally of her own in the 72nd minute. Taking a free kick just outside the top of the 18-yard box, Johnson sent a shot into the top left corner for her first of the season.
UMass had several opportunities in the second half, but were unable to solve Bethany Kanten who made five saves in net for Harvard. Gordon had nine stops for the Minutewomen, who were out-shot 19-8 in the contest. The Crimson finished with a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks, while fouls were 13-9 against UMass.
The Minutewomen will next travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., where the squad will face #15 Wake Forest on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
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