After returning from a trip to California which included a last minute 3-2 loss to Long Beach State and a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Pepperdine, Harvard women’s soccer looked ecstatic to be back at Jordan Field. The Crimson scored 15 goals across those four games and recorded shutouts against North Carolina State and Samford, leaving the team with a great deal to think about heading into the start of the Ivy League season this Saturday with a key matchup against rival Brown.
Harvard women’s soccer has returned to Jordan Field looking to build off of last season’s success, which ended in a second-round NCAA tournament game. Now, the Crimson is off to a 2-1-1 start. It beat Fairfield and Connecticut 3-0 and 2-1 respectively, before falling 3-2 on a California trip to Long Beach State and fighting to a 1-1 draw at Pepperdine.
In a year that saw some fantastic individual performances across all sports for Harvard, women’s soccer’s sophomore forward Ainsley Ahmadian took the crown.
Women’s Soccer Falls to South Carolina 3-2, Concluding Season After Advancing to Second Round of NCAA Tournament
The Crimson’s NCAA Tournament run came to a close on Friday, November 18 in Durham, N.C. as it fell 2-3 to a strong South Carolina squad after a late comeback surge fell short. Prior to the South Carolina game, they dominated New Hampshire in a 2-0 victory in the first round of the tournament at home on Jordan Field in front of a packed house of a thousand fans.
Harvard women’s soccer closed out a remarkable regular season with a decisive 5-0 victory over Columbia on Jordan Field last Saturday evening, while celebrating its seven seniors— Hannah Gardner, Hannah Griffin, Lara Schenk, captain Jordan Di Verniero, captain Ava Lung, Sophie Hirst, and Angela Caloia—in front of over 600 spectators in attendance.
There was no shortage of heat in North Carolina last weekend as temperatures reached the high eighties and the Crimson came in hot against the University of North Carolina Greensboro and North Carolina State. While the weather cooled off by the time they returned home to face Long Beach State on Thursday, Harvard has not. The Crimson are still heating up as the team is now off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 1996.
Junior goalkeeper Anna Karpenko makes a diving save attempt late in the first half, yet Northeastern finds the net to tie the game at 2-2. Karpenko answered with a key save in the second half to preserve the 3-2 lead, for a total of three saves on the game.
Women's soccer is back in action and there was no shortage of excitement in a successful week. It outshot Central Connecticut 18-2 en route to a dominant 3-0 victory on Friday, Aug. 26, in New Britain, Conn. and followed it up with a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Northeastern in the home opener at Jordan Field three days later.
“I think that the team collectively has really been pulling in a good direction, and I feel very, very good about where we're at,” said head coach Chris Hamblin.
While Harvard’s season (12-3-1, 5-2-0 Ivy League) may have ended late last fall after an impressive regular season and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, numerous Crimson players are either slated to or have already taken the field across the world this spring with their respective national teams.
Harvard’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2016 ended on Sunday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C., as Wake Forest neutralized the Crimson’s attack en route to a comfortable 3-0 win.
Two long days after Harvard completed its regular season with a win at Columbia, the Crimson can finally exhale. On Monday afternoon, Harvard (12-2-1, 5-2-0 Ivy League) learned that it earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it will join Ancient Eight rivals Brown and Princeton. The Crimson will travel to face Wake Forest (15-5-0, 7-5-0 ACC) in Winston-Salem on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Harvard responded well to going behind on a brisk Saturday afternoon in New York City, scoring just 38 seconds after Columbia took the lead and adding what turned out to be the game-winning goal on the stroke of halftime to squeak past the Lions, 2-1. The Crimson remained unblemished on the road and will hope that its resume is good enough to send Harvard (12-2-1, 5-2-0 Ivy League) into the NCAA Tournament when the selection committee makes its decision on Monday afternoon.