The Bobcats' unbeaten streak came to a close on Wednesday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was defeated by Harvard University, 3-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-1-1 overall, while the visiting Crimson improved to 3-1-1 on the season.
The Crimson came out firing in the first half, as the visitors boasted three shots, two on goal, in first five minutes of action. On Harvard's next shot, Elizabeth Weisman granted the Crimson a 1-0 advantage, when she tucked a shot into the bottom right corner for her first goal of the season.
Trailing for the first time this season, Quinnipiac nearly found the equalizer just minutes later. Sophomore Caitlyn Shaw (North Haven, Conn.) made her way down the right side of the field and whipped a cross into the center of the penalty box. The ball trickled through a slew of players where a wide-open Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) charged to the back post. Unfortunately, Edwards' one-time blast sailed over the bar and out for a goal-kick.
The remainder of the stanza featured a stalemate, with Harvard controlling a 4-1 edge in shots and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. At the sound of the halftime whistle, the Crimson carried a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
After the intermission, the Ivy League rival didn't let up and continued to press the Bobcats' defense. In the 65th minute of play, Lauren Varela provided the away team with some insurance when she converted on her first goal of the season. Varela maneuvered her way around the Bobcats' last defender and slipped shot underneath QU goalkeeper Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) for a 2-0 lead.
The Bobcats fought vigorously to find the game-tying goal, and nearly did so in the 76th minute. Quinnipiac worked the ball into Crimson territory and earned a corner kick on the right side of the field. Freshman Shannon Larkin (Burlington, Conn.) curled one into the box, where the ball was knocked around in a cluster of players. However, the Harvard managed to control possession and cleared the ball to escape danger.
In the waning minutes, the Crimson put together one more build-up which resulted in their third and final goal. Harvard closed out the final minutes and improved to 3-0 against the Bobcats all-time.
Kelley registered five saves between the posts for Quinnipiac, while freshman Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) did not make a save after entering the game in the 70th minute. Crimson goalkeepers Bethany Kanten and Cheta Emba combined to make one save in the triumph.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, September 16 at Siena College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Siena Field Loudonville, N.Y.