Women’s soccer grabs first Ivy win behind freshman’s play
The Crimson held nothing back on Saturday (Oct. 4), as Harvard defeated Yale 3-1 at Ohiri Field.
Only nine games into her career at Harvard, freshman forward Melanie Baskind continued her dominant play, tallying four points, with a goal and two assists. Baskind leads the Crimson in goals, assists, points, and game-winning goals. She is also fifth in the Ivy League in goals scored.
Yale (5-5-1, 0-2-0) attempted to orchestrate a late comeback, scoring off of a deflected penalty kick in the 85th minute, but the Bulldogs shifted gears too late as the Crimson (4-3-3, 1-1-0) rolled to their first Ivy League win of the season.
The Crimson are now 3-0-1 at home and have only lost once since starting the season 0-2.
Harvard soccer silences Bulldogs
The Harvard faithful came out in force to watch the Crimson defeat the Yale Bulldogs 1-0 in their Ivy League opener this past Saturday (Oct. 4). After Harvard failed to capitalize on three early scoring opportunities, a second half push saw junior Kwaku Nyamekye connect on the game’s only goal.
Although Harvard dominated possession for most of the game, Yale goalkeeper Travis Chulick (No. 2 in the Ivy League in total saves) played well in the goal. Notching six saves in the contest, Chulick’s only mistake came in the 59th minute, when Nyamekye found the back of the net to give the Crimson their first Ivy win. Harvard goalkeeper Austin Harms ’12 earned his first career shutout in his second career game, and was chosen as the Ivy Rookie of the Week.
The win gives Harvard a record of 4-3-0, 1-0-0 in the Ivy League, and drops Yale to 4-4-1, 0-1-0 in the league.
Crimson dominates Dartmouth
Big hits and timely blocking were all the Crimson (7-7, 2-0) needed to overmatch Dartmouth (4-8, 0-2) on Friday (Oct. 3) in three games, 25-15, 25-12, 25-21. The win was the Crimson’s second this year against the Big Green, and extended Harvard’s winning streak to five.
Freshman Anne Carroll Ingersoll dominated the middle and led the Crimson to victory with 12 kills (.571 hitting percentage), six blocks, two service aces, and two digs. Senior Kathryn McKinley also finished with 12 kills and five digs in the match.
The second game saw Harvard suffocate the Dartmouth attack, holding the Big Green to 12 points. Dartmouth put more pressure on Harvard in the third game, but the Crimson were able to hold off a comeback and win, 25-21.
Ingersoll, who is second in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.385), was selected as the Ivy Rookie of the Week (Oct. 7) for the third time in the first four weeks of the season.