Mosbacher tallied two goals in the winning effort, as the Crimson improve to 5-2 on the season. (Gil Talbot)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Harvard women's soccer team enjoyed a stellar day on the field as the Crimson scored five times – twice off the foot of junior Emily Mosbacher – to defeat LIU-Brooklyn, 5-0, on Sunday at LIU Field. The Crimson improve to 5-2 this season with its second consecutive victory.
With keepers Lizzie Durack and Cheta Emba splitting time equally between the posts, the Crimson earned its fourth clean sheet of the season, allowing the Blackbirds just two shots all afternoon - only one of which came on target - in a stout defensive effort.
Aside from Mosbacher's two tallies, the first two of her junior campaign, Meg Casscells-Hamby, Lauren Urke and Joan Fleischman all registered goals in the winning effort. It was Casscells-Hamby who got things going for Harvard early in the game, capitalizing on an LIU giveaway and firing in a score at 7:38 to the left side.
Up 1-0, Mosbacher connected on her first of the day just over three minutes later, as Margaret Purce and Laura Aguilar set things up nicely in the box. Mosbacher found the back of the net from just 10 yards out off a header to give the Crimson a 2-0 lead.
Maintaining possession, as it did much of the contest, Harvard went up 3-0 in the 44th minute off an unassisted rocket struck by Lauren Urke. The senior forward found the upper right corner from 30 yards out to extend the lead into the break.
From there, Mosbacher tallied her second of the afternoon from distance, putting one just over keeper Jessica Montrose's reach at 56:49. Shortly after, Fleischman scored at 60:26 from about 20 yards out, her first of the season as well, putting Harvard up its final 5-0. After Durack saw just one shot in the first, Emba stood tall in net, but didn't see a shot on goal as the Crimson marched away from LIU with its fifth win of the season.
Up next, Harvard takes a step into Ivy League play with a trip to Penn on Saturday, before turning around to host Bay State foe UMass at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29.