Women’s soccer comeback falls short in NCAA tournament loss to South Carolina

DURHAM, NC- Harvard Women’s Soccer showed its heart in the second round of the team’s NCAA tournament against No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks. The Crimson scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the game and almost made a notable comeback but was missing a goal in overtime.

Jordan Di Vernieros Second goal of the postseason and a Gamecock own goal gave Harvard its two tallys.

The Crimson’s season comes to a close after 12 wins, a host of individual awards and a memorable NCAA tournament run.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Harvard went 0-1 early after giving up an own goal three minutes into the contest.
  • After getting things settled, Harvard controlled possession for the ensuing 10+ minutes of play, attempting three shots. Angela Kaloia was closest to equalizing when he hit the crossbar in the 10th minute.
  • The Gamecocks added two goals in the 22nd and 41st minutes to go into the break 3-0 up.
  • At the 45-minute mark, Harvard had four shots and unofficially maintained 53 percent of the contest ball possession.
  • Caloia opened the second half with a shot on target from a free kick. The senior rolled a dangerous ball over the defending wall in front of her, but the Gamecock keeper could only deflect the shot with his hand over the bar.
  • The Crimson had another scoring opportunity 78′ into the contest when Josephine Hasbo played an excellent ball over the defense but just out of reach Taylor Fasnacht who broke away from the defense.
  • In the 82nd minute Taylor Fasnacht made a great run down the right flank and placed a ball down the center of the field that was deflected off a Gamecock defender. It went on the scoresheet as an own goal, but the Crimson conceded a goal to make it 3-1.
  • Just five minutes later, Gunnlaugsdottir and Aslaug Jordan DiVerniero Linked with a corner kick to give Harvard their second goal of the game and make it 3-2 with under three minutes of play.
  • The Gamecock defense stayed strong in the final two minutes as it handed the Crimson its second loss of the season.

HARVARD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jordan DiVerniero scored in both NCAA tournament games for the Crimson
  • Angela Kaloia and Aslaug Gunnluagsdottir each had the other shots on goal
  • Harvard had 11 shot attempts in the competition
  • jade rose, Josephine Hasbo, Taylor Fasnacht, Lara Schenk and Sophie Hirst everyone played the full 90 minutes
  • Harvard’s two goals were the most scored in a second-round game of the NCAA tournament since 2000
  • The Crimson finish the season with 47 goals, tied for the eighth most by a team in program history.

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