Casscells-Hamby knocked what was the winning score at the 57-minute mark to help the Crimson to victory. (Gil Talbot)
KINGSTON, R.I. – Both the Harvard women's soccer team and Rhode Island entered Tuesday night with regular season win streaks intact, but it was the Crimson which came out victorious with a hard-fought, 3-2, victory over the Rams.
Harvard, with goals from Brooke Dickens, Bethany Kanten and Meg Casscells-Hamby, moves to 3-0-0 on the year, while Rhode Island, which became the first team to score on the Crimson in 2014, is now 4-1-1.
Dickens got things rolling very early in the first half, scoring in just the third minute on a beautiful header in the center of the box. Lauren Urke sent in a perfect ball in off the corner to set things up and give the Crimson a much-needed 1-0 lead.
About 20 minutes later, Kanten extended the lead to 2-0 on a free kick. The goalie-turned-forward launched a careening rocket from more than 30 yards out to the left side of the goal to make it 2-0.
But Rhode Island made a rapid comeback, scoring two goals in just 34 seconds a minute later to even the ledger. Both scores came in wild fashion as the Rams knocked in a bicycle kick and a lengthy cross to pull even in the first.
In the second, the paced slowed, however, playing to Harvard's benefit. Twelve minutes into the half, senior co-captain Meg Casscells-Hamby gave the Crimson what would ultimately be the winning goal, beating a URI defender on a clean break and touching in the score.
Up 3-2, Harvard held firm, allowing not a single shot from the Rams after the 58th minute of action to preserve the tense victory.
The Crimson marches on to square off with crosstown foe Boston College this Friday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in Chestnut Hill.