W. Botters Top Dartmouth, Finish Third in Ivy League

Crimson Spoils Big Green's Title Hopes; Awaits ECAC Bid

Times can change quickly in the land of Ivy women's soccer.

Dartmouth was tied for first place in the Ivy League on Friday.

But today, the Big Green can kiss their title hopes goodbye.

The Crimson (9-4-1, 5-2-0 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth (9-4-2, 5-1-1 Ivy) on Saturday, 3-1.

Dartmouth simply could not cope with the fiery Crimson.


The Big Green allowed more goals against Harvard (3) in this game than it had against its other six Ivy opponents combined (2).

The only downside to the win was the fact that Harvard, in spite of the win, was still ranked third in the Ivies behind Dartmouth and Cornell.

But the convincing victory over the supposedly powerful Dartmouth squad left several Harvard players feeling that the Crimson, and not the Big Green, was the top term in the Ancient Eight.

"I think that right now, definitely, we are playing better than anyone else in the Ivy League," Co-Captain Amy Weinstein said.

The game itself left no doubt as to who was the better team, as the Crimson exploded for three second half goals to send the Big Green packing.

Dartmouth lived up to its billing as a team with a strong defense and a pathetic offense. The Big green defense, led by their monstrous 6-ft., 1-in. sweeper Kristen Berg, kept the play in Harvard's end of the field. But the Big Green offense, given the chances it had, failed miserably.

Dartmouth's only goal was scored by freshman Mya Mangawang, who took advantage of a miscommunication among the defenders, and beat Crimson goalie Brooke Donahoe one-on-one.

But a decent offense could have done better. Harvard sweeper Erin Matias was, almost singlehandedly, able to shut down the Dartmouth attack.

"They were scrappers, waiting for us to make mistakes," Donahoe said. "They really didn't know how to generate an offense."

The Harvard attack suffered a blow in the first half when junior Laurie Uustal was forced to leave the game with a deep thigh bruise. But Co-Captain Robin Johnston and forward Jen Minkus, both playing in their last game for Harvard, ably picked up the slack.