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HANOVER, N.H.--Pity Dartmouth women's soccer goalie Lita Remsen. She won't forget Saturday's 5-1 loss to Harvard for a long time.
It was her teammates who did most of the forgetting, namely the Dartmouth fullbacks who forgot to play defense, often leaving the Crimson forwards uncontested in the penalty area.
With Sue St. Louis, Kelly Gately, Laurie Gregg and Joan Elliott running around loose in front of the goal, Remsen must have been ready to throw up her hands. Unfortunately for her, when she did, the ball slipped through her fingers--again and again and again.
Three of the Harvard goals came after Remsen lost control of the ball. A big scramble would ensue in front of the net, and then a Crimson player would guide the ball to the back of the net.
In all, the Crimson booters barraged Remsen with 31 shots and the score could just as easily have been 15-1, as many of the Crimson drives hit the posts or flew barely wide. Throw in the rain--and just as the game ended, somebody really threw in a lot of rain--and one can be certain that Remsen has had better days.
The Harvard women's soccer team has also had better days, but after Wednesday's depressing 2-1 loss to UConn--the Crimson's first of the season--the easy win against the Big Green gets the team back on the winning track, and raises its record to 7-1.
For the third time in the last four games (but also for just the third time this year) the Crimson let its opponent get on the board first.
The rest of the day belonged to the Crimson, both the first-stringers and the reserves, as they slid the ball up the slippery field and gunned it in on the defenseless Remsen.
Sophomore Gately, who pressured the Dartmouth defense all game long, picked up her first goal of the season at 19:54, calmly lofting the ball into an open net after Gregg, sliding for the ball, took Remsen out of the play.
Half number two became a Crimson romp. St. Louis picked up her eighth and ninth goals of the season, marking the third time this year that she has had a two-goal game--within two minutes of each other, at 25:30 and 26:50. Gately scored an assist on the first St. Louis tally, sliding a nice pass across the width of the goal area.
THE NOTEBOOK: As the saying goes, and now for the bad news. Junior left wing Cat Ferrante, who scored five goals in a span of two games earlier this season, finally had her injured left foot x-rayed last Thursday. She has a real fracture, not just a stress fracture as first thought. She will be out a minimum of five to six weeks, which means the rest of the season. Crimson coach Bob Scalise experimented with some players at different positions in Saturday's game, and with the depth on this team, the loss of Ferrante can probably be compensated for. But her smooth, and often outstanding, play will be missed.
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