After a close first half, Harvard fell to Princeton 6-1, resulting in the Crimson’s worst loss since a 7-0 defeat to UCLA in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In conference play, it is the worst margin the team has suffered since a 5-0 loss to Princeton in 2006.
The next five days for the Harvard women’s soccer team will perhaps be a test of two things: endurance and the ability to fine-tune. Can the Crimson squad, sitting on a 4-2 record for the year, pull through a grueling stretch of three games in five days while continuing to dutifully prepare for the quickly-approaching Ivy League conference play?
The Harvard women’s soccer team kicked off its most travel-intensive week of the season this past weekend, heading to central New York to face off against ACC foe Syracuse. Combined with its trip to Pennsylvania this coming Friday, the Crimson will have traveled over 1,200 miles round-trip in just over a week.
The impressive curl on the corner was all the Crimson (1-0-0) would need, as it closed out the game with its defense to notch its first win of the season, 1-0, over the Friars (0-3-0). The home victory marked the third win in the past four seasons for Harvard in the head-to-head series.
On the strength of Adam Fox’s and Alex Kerfoot’s playmaking, as well as another strong performance by sophomore winger Ryan Donato, the Crimson came away with a comfortable 5-2 victory in front of its home fans.
The Harvard women’s soccer team (5-3-0, 0-0-0 Ivy) is heading into conference play on a hot streak, having won its last three games by a combined margin of 8-2. Unfortunately for the Crimson, however, lining up on the opposite side of the field this Saturday afternoon will be Penn (4-1-1, 0-0-0), the only team in the Ivy League that can lay claim to having even more momentum.