In a game that could decide the E.A.I.A.W. championship, the undefeated women's soccer team hung on to beat a fired-up Boston College squad 4 to 1 before 200 frozen fans at B.C.'s alumni Field last night.
Harvard's sixth consecutive victory over the previously undefeated Eagles was closely contested throughout the game, despite the three-goal margin. The Crimson's defense--composed of goalie Janet Judge, fullbacks Ellen Jakovic, Jeanne Piesiak and sweeper Debra Field--were tested all night by the aggressive Boston College forward line, putting in their finest effort of the season.
Come On Now
Harvard opened the scoring at 11:58 of the first half when freshman sensation Kelly Landry notched her team-leading eighth goal of the season. The hustling Landry picked up a loose ball around midfield, raced past two Eagle defenders and neatly tucked the ball into the lower righthand corner of the net.
Just one minute and fifty-seven seconds later, Landry gained control of an errant Boston College pass deep within Eagle territory and again planted the ball into the lower right corner of the goal.
Coach Bob Scalise was particularly pleased to see his team execute a "dump and run" offense designed to take advantage of the fast, long and narrow Boston Colege field. Co-captain Ferrante said, "We changed our style and played very well."
The team modified its usual careful passing game by allowing its defensemen and midfielders to dump balls deep within Eagle territory, letting the speedy combination of Ferrante and Landry chase down the kicks. The Crimson's "dump and run" strategy got it three of its four goals.
Harvard opened the margin to three goals at 11:23 of the second half when Piersiak headed in a corner kick in front of the Boston College goal; the lanky Piersiak outjumped Eagle defenders and deftly knocked the ball into the upper left corner of the net.
After the goal, Scalise took out most of the starting team, including goaltender Janet Judge. Boston College began a furious last-ditch effort against the inexperienced Crimson second-stringers. At 13:40 of the last period, Catherine Murphy, the superb Eagle left-wing, picked up a loose ball around the Harvard goal and drove the ball into the net.
Scalise reinstated the regulars, who soon picked up their fourth goal of the night when Cat Ferrante bounced a ball off the cross-bar and into the net with less than ten minutes to go in the game.
The Crimson, now halfway through their season, have the most difficult part of their schedule remaining, starting with their next game against Boston University.
If the Crimson manages to finish within the top three teams in the league, they gain a berth in the playoffs in North Carolina later this fall.
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