Women’s Football No. 20/22 keeps rolling and beats UMass 4-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Women’s Soccer (6-0, 0-0 Ivy) continued its strong start today, earning a 4-1 win over rivals Massachusetts State (1-4-3, 0-0 A10). The Crimson scored four goals in the game, the most goals the program has ever scored against the Minutewomen. Angela Caloia, Hannah BebarAslaug Gunnlaugsdottir and Gabby DelPico had the goals in the win.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

From the opening kick, Harvard looked to attack, moving the ball upfield and into UMass territory. Ainsley Ahmadian had the first quality scoring chance of the game just 43 seconds into the game but was ruled out. Taylor Fastnacht had another good look just eight minutes later, but his attempt led to the same result.

The Crimson would find a count in the 9th minute on a Caloia penalty. After UMass was flagged for a handball, Caloia set up on the point and poked a shot into the bottom right corner to put Harvard up 1-0.

Once again, the Crimson defense was solid, holding the Minutewomen up for much of the first 45 minutes. Anna Karpenko, kept the 1-0 advantage thanks to a stoppage at 17 ‘. The bottom line – led by Lara Schenk, jade rose, blacksmith hunter and Taylor Fastnacht – only allowed two hits after that.

Late in the first half, Bebar created a scoring chance after intercepting a pass and racing towards the UMass goal. The second would score the goal, putting Harvard up two and extending its point streak to six games. The score would remain 2-0 before the half-time break.

The Crimson offense continued to come out of halftime, scoring two goals early in the second period. Gunnlaugsdottir scored his first goal of the season and first goal of his career just before Gabby DelPioco scored another goal just 1:13 later to make it 4-0.

UMass fought back with a count later in the second half, but Karpenko cleaned up the other two shots she would face to keep the score at 4-1 going into the game. 22 players saw the field today and contributed to the program’s sixth consecutive victory.

PLAY NOTES

  • Harvard women’s soccer is now 6-0-0 for the first time since 1996
  • All 22 active players on the pitch saw match action, the most all season
  • The Crimson’s four goals were the most ever against Massachusetts (30 games)
  • Hannah Bebar scored a goal to extend his points streak to six games
  • Angela Caloia scored his second goal of the season from the penalty spot
  • Aslaug Gunnlaugsdottir scored his first career goal in the second half
  • Gabby DelPico scored for the first time since 2019, with his eighth career goal
  • Captain Ava’s lung and Holly Torres scored their first points of the season with assists on Gunnlaugsdottir’s goal
  • Anna Karpenko improved their record to 3-0 this season
  • The Junior have now saved 0.727% of shots faced
  • jade rose led the team with 90 minutes played on the baseline
  • Lara SchenkSmith Hunter, Jordan DiVerniero, Sophie Hirt and Josephine Hasbo all contributed with solid performances in defense and midfield
  • Harvard took 10 shots on goal in the contest on 19 shot attempts
  • The Crimson also had the advantage with nine corners to UMass’ two
  • Harvard now beats its opponents 18-3 and overtakes them 98-38

NEXT

The Crimson will have the week to prepare for their toughest test yet when they travel to Fort Worth to take on the No. 16 Horned Frogs from Texas Christian University. The game will take place next Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CT. This will be Harvard’s final update before the start of Ivy League games on September 24.

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