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Big Green mows down Ivy hopes:

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Freshmen keeper keeps it up in losing effort

Kate Urbanic
Karate Kick: Harvard back Kate Urbanic ’03 takes to the air against top-ranked UConn on Oct. 30. Despite Harvard’s aggressive play, the Huskies pulled out a 3-1 win at Ohiri Field. Four days later, the women’s team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Dartmouth, nixing the Crimson¹s Ivy title hopes. (Staff photos by Jon Chase)

Despite some heavy-duty protection by the aptly named Katie Shields ’06, Dartmouth women’s soccer (15-2-1, 5-1 Ivy) slipped by a visiting Harvard team this past weekend to take a 1-0 victory. The win marked a league-leading 11 straight for the Big Green, which can secure a share of the championship with a win over Pennsylvania on Nov. 9.

Shields, a freshman, limited the damage with eight key saves to keep Harvard within striking distance. Yet the game’s lone goal – scored off a rebound in the early going of Sunday’s contest by Dartmouth senior forward Devon Haskell – proved to be the clincher.

The defeat hands Harvard its second straight loss against a worthy opponent. On Oct. 30, the Crimson dropped a 3-1 decision against the No. 9 nationally ranked University of Connecticut Huskies. Knocked out of the Ivy title race, the Crimson (7-7-1, 3-2-1 Ivy) remain in the hunt for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Rookie Shields guards the net against the struggling Columbia Lions (5-9-2, 0-4-2 Ivy) on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 1:30 p.m. in the Crimson’s regular-season finale.

Maile Tavepholjalern
Midfielder Maile Tavepholjalern ’06 climbs toward the ball in action against the No. 9 ranked Huskies.

The Big Green also bounced the men’s squad, 2-0 on Nov. 3. In the team’s final home game, the Crimson (8-5-1, 2-2-1 Ivy) host Columbia on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m., before traveling to Penn a week later.