PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The Harvard women's soccer team lived out its worst nightmare under the lights of Brown's Stevenson Field on Saturday night.
When the No. 16 Crimson last met the cellar-dwelling Bears in 1999, it was the pinnacle of the season, the last game of Harvard's 10-game win streak and a 4-0 win that clinched the outright Ivy championship.
But the result of this weekend's game was shockingly different. Brown--suddenly rejuvenated by the presence of 10 freshman on its roster--knocked off the injury-laden defending champion Crimson (2-2, 1-1 Ivy) by a 2-0 score.
The Bears (6-0, 1-0 Ivy) took control just 43 seconds into the game when Brown forward Bekah Splaine took a long shot from the upper right corner of the penalty box. The ball was struck hard toward the lower right corner of the net. Sophomore goalkeeper Cheryl Gunther was there in plenty of time, but she was unable to make the save.
"I don't know what happened on the first goal," Gunther said. "I don't know if I had just too much adrenaline. We just didn't play well."
The surprise of the initial goal threw both teams into disarray. Play consisted of mostly kick-and-run soccer for the next 10 minutes.
In the 26th minute, Brown added to its lead with a goal off a corner kick.
Gunther was able to stop the initial shot after the kick came into play but Harvard was unable to clear it out. Brown freshman Michaela Sewall took the subsequent shot, which Gunther blocked but could not control. She was left helpless as Brown's leading scorer, Kim Lanzire, put the ball into the net.
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