In the last week of women’s soccer games before Ivy play begins, Brown and Yale dominated their opponents, while Cornell was still unable to get its first win. Elsewhere, Penn and Princeton had mixed results competing in West Coast tournaments, while Harvard and Dartmouth continued their solid starts to the season.
With two wins this week, Brown improved its record this season to 5-1. Last Thursday at Northeastern, junior Mika Siegelman led the Bears to a 1-0 victory with a penalty kick goal in the final minutes of the game. Returning home on Sunday against Sacred Heart, Brown won 1-0 in its fifth shutout of the year. Sophomore Chloe Cross scored the winning goal, and she also leads the Bears in goals this year with four.
After three more losses this week, Cornell still hasn’t won a game this season. On Wednesday at Binghamton, Cornell made the first goal of the game early in the second half, but couldn’t hold on to its lead and lost 2-1. At home on Friday, the Big Red took on Sacred Heart, in a game highlighted by goalkeeper Tori Christ’s eight saves. Unfortunately, stellar goalkeeping wasn’t enough, and two second-half goals gave Sacred Heart the 2-1 win. Cornell concluded its weekend with a 4-0 loss to La Salle, an NCAA tournament participant last season. Christ had seven saves, but Cornell was never even in the game, geting outshot 24-1.
The Big Green had a solid week with two impressive shutout wins, including one against local rival New Hampshire. At home on Friday against the Wildcats, junior Marina Moschitto ended a deadlock with a goal in the last seconds of the first half. Dartmouth kept up its pressure in the second half, keeping New Hampshire without a shot and scoring two more goals for a 3-0 victory. Dartmouth then traveled to play Fordham on Sunday, and scored three second-half goals to secure a 3-0 win.
It was a mixed week for Harvard, with a shutout victory over Quinnipiac but a tough loss against nationally ranked Boston College. Harvard controlled the game by dominating the shot count 13-2 against Quinnipiac on Wednesday. One goal in the first half and two in the second brought Harvard to a 3-0 shutout victory. Harvard then took on Boston College at home on Saturday and lost big, 8-1. Harvard tied up the game quickly after an early goal by the Eagles, but Boston College went on to score seven unanswered goals in the rout.
The Quakers traveled to the West Coast this week, playing Berkeley and Sacramento State. Penn played well at Berkeley, but was unable to overcome a first-half goal by the 15th-ranked Golden Bears. With 10 minutes left, Penn almost tied up the game, but could not capitalize on a scoring chance in the 1-0 defeat. Sunday’s game at Sacramento State started out rough for the Quakers, who were behind 0-2 at halftime. However, Penn came back with two goals in the last 15 minutes of the game to force overtime. Freshman Erin Mikolai scored the game winner in overtime, giving the Quakers a 3-2 victory.
Princeton also headed west this week to compete in the UCLA Soccer Classic. Princeton opened the tournament on Friday with a game against tournament host and No. 3 ranked UCLA. The Tigers were manhandled from start to finish as UCLA outshot them 26-5. UCLA had a 6-0 lead at the half and added a final goal in the second half to seal the Tigers’ 7-0 loss. Princeton then played a more competitive game with UC Irvine and even took the lead on senior Jen Hoy’s sixth goal of the season. Irvine scored twice in the last five minutes of the game, though, and beat Princeton 2-1.
The Bulldogs had a great week, with three games and three wins. Hosting Saint Peter’s on Tuesday, Yale triumphed 8-1, with goals coming from seven different players. The Bulldogs were absolutely on fire in the start of the second half, scoring three goals in six minutes to take a 6-0 lead. Yale scored an early goal against Iona on Friday but failed to take advantage of numerous other scoring chances, causing the game to go into overtime after a late goal by Iona. In overtime, Yale senior Kristen Forster scored early to secure the 2-1 victory. The Bulldogs concluded their weekend with a 1-0 defeat of Central Connecticut State.