Conference woes persist for winless women’s soccer squad

Bears fall to Crimson, continue search for first Ivy League victory next weekend against Cornell

Sports Staff Writer
Monday, October 20, 2014

Annie Gillen ’15 looks upfield for a teammate. The defender has contributed two assists in her 11 appearances so far this season.

The women’s soccer team took on Harvard Saturday at Stevenson Field in pursuit of its first conference win, but the Bears will have to keep searching after suffering  a 2-0 loss against the Crimson.

Due to Harvard’s first place standing in the Ivy League, the matchup served as a prime opportunity for the Bears (5-6-3, 0-2-2 Ivy) to make a statement.

“We have a long standing rivalry with Harvard so it is always competitive with them,” said captain Chloe Cross ’15.

Harvard (8-3-2, 3-0-1) came out of the gate swinging with an 11th minute goal from Emily Mosbacher. This would be the only goal the Crimson needed for the victory, as the Bears were not able to get on the scoreboard.

During the first half of play, the Crimson outshot Bruno 13-2. But Mallory Yant ’15 kept the Bears within reach with four saves during the half and a total of nine for the game.

“I think Mallory and the entire defensive line did a great job keeping the game close,” Cross said.

Coming out of intermission, the Bears refocused their efforts and it showed. The squad took a total of six shots during the second half, including four shots on goal. Bruno’s best opportunity to tie up the game came 20 minutes into the second half — Carly Gould ’17 took two consecutive attempts at goal within one minute but was unable to find the back of the net.

“We came out of the half with some changes and did our best to try and tie it up,” Cross said. “But unfortunately we just couldn’t put it away.”

With just under four minutes left to play, the Crimson scored its second goal of the match and sealed Bruno’s fate. The loss gave the Bears their second Ivy loss and third overall loss of the season.

The Bears continue play Sunday against Cornell in an afternoon matchup. With a last-place standing in the Ivy League, the match will serve as a chance for the squad to make up ground in the conference standings.

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