Crimson staff writer
Bryan Hu '19 is a member of the 145th Guard. He has covered the Harvard women's soccer team since the fall of 2016 and the Harvard baseball team since the spring of 2017.
Crimson staff writer Bryan Hu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the Harvard women’s soccer team prepared to kick off against Columbia in its final game of the season, every single outfield player in the graduating class had scored a goal in their collegiate careers—with the exception of one.
With an incessantly aggressive defense, yet another shutout performance by its goalkeeper, and a first-half game-winner from freshman defender Jillian Wachira, the Crimson demonstrated how effective its hunger to win can be in a 1-0 victory over Yale on Saturday night.
On Sunday, Harvard locked horns with Quinnipiac, taking down the Bobcats on the road, 1-0, on freshman midfielder/forward Sophie Hirst’s second-half goal. On Wednesday night at Jordan Field, the Crimson (2-3) followed it up by dropping a 1-0 contest to the Maine Black Bears in a disappointing home loss.
The past two iterations of the Harvard women's soccer squad have been defined by staunch defense, characterized by star goalkeeping and the synergy of its core defenders, more so than by its ability to score. But 2018 might prove different.
Despite jumping out to leads in all three of its games, the Crimson could only muster one win on Sunday to avoid being swept by Cornell. The team must regroup for its final matchup of the year in order to clinch a spot in the Ivy Championship series.