CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A second overtime score by Harvard helped the Crimson top the Columbia women’s soccer team in the de facto Ivy League Championship match, 2-1.
The Lions needed a win to capture an Ivy League title, while Harvard had to tie or defeat Columbia in order to finish first. The loss put Columbia at 7-6-4 overall and 4-2-1 on the season, as they will finish second in the conference.
Harvard opened the scoring in the first half, when Margaret Purce knocked in a goal seven minutes in to the match. Columbia would provide the an equalizer 15 minutes later, when Caroline Militello nailed her first goal of the season from Natalie Ambrose.
The teams would go in to the half scoreless, as goalkeeper Allison Spencer saved four shots in the frame.
After a scoreless second period, the two teams went to the extra frame with Columbia needing a goal to earn the conference crown.
Harvard kept the pressure on, and in the second overtime period, Rachel Garcia found the net for the game winning goal, as the Crimson were able to celebrate an Ivy League Championship.
For the game, Spencer finished with eight saves, while Emma Anderson fired a team-high five shots.