Women's Soccer Drops 2-0 Decision to Harvard in Season Finale
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Columbia University women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss to Harvard in its final match of the 2010 season on Saturday morning. The Crimson scored an early goal in the 10th minute then scored an insurance goal late in the second half.

The Lions were pressing early, and earned a corner kick in the second minute of the match. But Harvard would come back and catch a break in the 10th minute. Alexandra Conigliaro sent a cross into the box that deflected off a Columbia defender and into the back of the net to give the Crimson a 1-0 advantage.

Right after the score, Columbia came back strong and had a pair of attempts and a corner kick in the ensuing minute. Junior Liz Wicks and senior Keri Nobil had shots blocked, with Nobil's shot coming off a corner kick from classmate Kelly Hostetler. The Lions would head into halftime with a 3-1 edge in corner kicks, and Harvard had a slight advantage in shots, 5-4.

In the second half, Columbia again came out the aggressor and had the first three shots of the period. First-year Chelsea Ryan sent an attempt wide, Hostetler went high with her chance and first-year Beverly Leon saw her shot blocked by a Harvard defender.

From there, the Crimson outshot the Lions 12-3 over the final 30 minutes of the match. In the 80th minute, the home team added to its lead as Katherine Sheeleigh finished to the left side off a feed from Melanie Baskind.

Hostetler, Ryan and Wicks each had two shots for the Lions, while Sheeleigh and Hana Taiji had four apiece to lead Harvard. Senior Lindsay Danielson stopped seven shots in goal for Columbia.