HARVARD 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0
It took less than seven minutes at Bremner Field for the Crimson to get over Friday afternoon’s draw.
“We need to start scoring early and getting opponents psyched out,” said senior forward Emily Colvin.
Harvard did just that.
Colvin centered the ball to senior forward Alisha Moran, who drilled a low shot off the right goal post. It was the first score for Moran, who led the team in scoring last season.
Ten minutes later, freshman midfielder Jamie Greenwald tallied her second goal in as many games when sophomore back Laura Odorczyk fed her the ball after dribbling up the right side.
“That took UNH out of the game early,” Moran said. “And we were able to just control the ball and the play for the rest of the game.”
For the next 60 minutes of play, the Wildcats battled off the Crimson.
But with less than nine minutes to go, sophomore midfielder Katie Johnston put up a corner kick from the left side and moments later the ball bounced into the goal. The referee ruled it as an own goal.
“It was a mad scramble in front of the net and it ended up going off one of their players,” Moran said.
Junior goalkeeper Katie Shields earned the win with four saves. Junior Maja Agustsdottir played the last 11:46 in the net, but the Harvard defense never let the ball get to her.
UNH goalkeeper Liz MacKay made five saves and allowed the first two goals before Lynn Gugliuzza subbed in for the second half, making four saves and letting in the own goal.
HARVARD 1, NORTHEASTERN 1
Despite more than doubling up the Huskies in the shot column, the Crimson was unable to hold on to an early lead and settled for a frustrating 1-1 tie in its home opener.
Harvard recorded 22 shots in the contest to just 10 for Northeastern, and held a 13-4 shot advantage in the second half alone.