Ivy League women’s soccer had tough competition this weekend, facing division leaders Providence, Drexel, Marist, and nationally ranked Rutgers. Princeton shone with their first two wins of the season, whereas Penn struggled, losing both games it played.
The Bears suffered their first loss of the season at Providence on Thursday. After pulling ahead 2-0 in the first 15 minutes, Brown was dominated by Providence for the rest of the game. Goalies Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett had a total eight saves combined, but the offense couldn’t come together and lost 3-2. On Sunday, Brown played at Vermont, and won 1-0, off of an early goal by junior forward/midfielder Mika Siegelman. Despite being outshot 11-5, the Bears won behind superb defense, including two saves apiece from Bledsoe and Barrett.
Cornell had a disappointing weekend, losing two games in spite of strong offensive showings. At Colgate Thursday, Cornell couldn’t keep up with Colgate’s two second half goals, losing 3-1. Cornell goalie Tori Christ made five saves, and senior Jayann Gabrio scored a goal off of a free kick for the second time this season. On Sunday, Cornell struggled again, falling 5-2 to Albany. Senior Xandra Hompe scored two goals in a single game for the first time in her college career, though it was not enough to save the Big Red from the loss.
Dartmouth had a productive weekend, winning at Maine and nearly pulling off an upset against 21st-ranked Rutgers. At Maine, junior Chrissy Lozier scored an early goal, and senior Emma Brush added two goals, the first time she has done so in her college career. Bursh’s strong offense lead Dartmouth to a 3-1 win. In the Big Green’s home opener against Rutgers, Brush notched her third goal of the weekend in the second half. Rutgers responded quickly with a goal, and both teams fought hard until the last minutes before Rutgers scored again, preventing the upset and winning 2-1.
At home against Dayton on Friday, Harvard lost, despite a career-high eight saves by sophomore Bethany Kanten. An early foul led to a penalty kick goal by Dayton, and Dayton added two more goals in the second half to win 3-1. Harvard’s lone goal came from senior Taryn Kurcz’s third goal of the season. The Crimson bounced back Sunday with a 3-1 victory at Colgate. Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Harvard came back strong in the second half, securing its second win of the season.
The Tigers went undefeated this weekend, and prevented their opponents from scoring a single goal against them. Against St. Joseph’s on Friday, Princeton didn’t get on the board until just before halftime, but pulled away in the second half for a 3-1 victory. On Sunday, Caitlin Blosser’s second-half goal was enough to beat Temple 1-0. Princeton had a more balanced attack this week, with its four goals coming from four different players, as opposed to last week when four of its five goals came from one player.
The Quakers went winless this weekend, losing to both Marist and Drexel. On Friday against Marist, Penn suffered its first home loss since October 2010. The Red Foxes grabbed an early lead, and despite coming close to tying the score in the first half, Penn lost 2-0. On Sunday the Quakers were shut out again, and lost at Drexel 1-0.
The Bulldogs traveled to Chicago this weekend for games against Loyola and Northwestern, with goalie Adele Jackson-Gibson still sidelined by injury. The road trip began with a 2-1 loss to Loyola in second overtime. Senior midfielder Kristen Forster scored the Bulldog’s lone goal of the game. On Sunday, Yale could not surmount an early deficit against the Big Ten’s Wildcats, losing 2-0 to Northwestern.