Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Cornell, 3-0

Agnew drives against Cornell
Photo by Gil Talbot

ITHACA, N.Y. – Remaining undefeated in conference play, Harvard women's soccer rolled to a 3-0 shutout of Cornell on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson improves to 9-2 on the season (3-0 Ivy League), while Cornell falls to 4-5-2 (0-3-0 Ivy).

Junior Murphy Agnew was involved in all three Harvard goals, finishing with a goal and two assists to lead the offense. Sophomores Jordan Di Verniero and Sophie Hirst each found the back of the net, while sophomore Trinity Thomas and first-year Angela Caloia provided assists. Senior Kat Hess made two saves in goal for the shutout.

Agnew gave the Crimson the edge in the 11th minute, playing a give-and-go with Caloia before slotting a shot into the lower left corner. Harvard had eight shots in the first half, and led at the intermission, 1-0.

Harvard doubled its advantage just eight minutes into the second half, as Di Verniero's shot found the back of the net in the 54th minute. Agnew and Thomas connected for the build-up, with Thomas' cross finding an open Di Verniero near the six yard box.

The Crimson pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 60th minute as Agnew's cross connected with the right foot of Hirst for a powerful shot from 10 yards, sealing the victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Agnew tied a career-high with two assists and four points. She has four goals and seven assists this season.
  • Hirst and Di Verniero scored their fifth and second goals of the season, respectively.
  • Hess has played a part in all six Harvard shutouts this season, including four solo shutouts and three in-a-row to start Ivy play.

Game Notes

  • Harvard moves to 27-3-9 in the all-time series against Cornell, and remains unbeaten over the past 26 meetings (21-0-5).
  • Caloia tallied her 10th assist of the season, which moves into sixth all-time in a single season in program history.
  • Hess has a shutout streak of 394 minutes intact, and she holds a 0.50 goals-against average and .862 save percentage this season.

What's Next?
Harvard brings a close to its three-game road stretch and its non-conference slate on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Boston University. The game will air on NESNplus.