PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard claimed the 2011 Ivy League women’s soccer title in outright fashion with a 1-0 win at Columbia on Saturday night. Freshman Lauren Urke scored the game's only goal in the 21st minute, while classmate Bethany Kanten made two saves to earn her second shutout of the season to lead the Harvard to the title.
With the win, Harvard finished the regular season 12-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the League, posting an unbeaten record in Ivy play for the first time since going 7-0-0 and winning the conference in 1999. Harvard's 12 wins is the most for the program since the 1999 season. Columbia finished the year tied for fourth in the Ivy standings at 3-3-1 (6-10-1 overall). Lion goalkeeper Lillian Klein closed out the year with a strong performance, making four saves in the match.
With a 3-1 win over Princeton on Saturday afternoon, the Quakers briefly tied Harvard in the League standings, putting pressure on the Crimson to either tie or win in order to claim the outright title. Senior forward Ursula Lopez-Palm scored twice to lead the Quakers to a program record-tying 14th win of the season (also done by Penn in 1999). At 5-1-1 (14-2-1 overall), Penn finished second in the League. The Tigers finished the season tied for sixth at 2-5-0 in Ivy play (6-10-1 overall). Princeton’s Jen Hoy scored her eighth goal of the year in the loss to Penn.
Elsewhere, Yale downed Brown 1-0 in a showdown for third. The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 4-2-1 in Ivy play (9-5-3 overall), while Brown placed fourth in the League with a 3-3-1 Ivy record (10-5-2 overall). Yale senior Enma Mullo scored the game-winning goal versus the Bears at 39:30 and Melissa Gavin was credited with an assist on the play. Both goalkeepers were busy in the match as Brown’s MC Barrett finished with six saves and Yale’s Elise Wilcox recorded 10 saves, including eight in the second half.
In the League’s other game, Dartmouth beat Cornell 1-0 on Ally Dutton’s first goal of the year, scored at 30:09, to finish the year tied for sixth at 2-5-0 in Ivy play (4-12-0 overall). Cornell concluded the year in eighth with a 0-6-1 Ivy mark (2-13-1) overall.
With Yale’s Mullo and Princeton’s Hoy both finding the back of the net on Saturday, five players finished the year with eight goals to tie for the League lead. The other three players to with eight goals this season are Harvard’s Melanie Baskind as well as the Penn duo of Marin McDermott and Kathryn Barth.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Playing in her final home game, Penn forward Ursula Lopez-Palm (Escondido, Calif.) scored two unassisted goals to lead the Quakers to a 3-1 win over Princeton which allowed the Quakers to finish second in the Ivy League at 5-1-1 on the year. In addition, Lopez-Palm’s two goals ensured that Penn tied a program record with 14 wins and completed a 10-0-0 home record in 2011.
Lopez-Palm scored at 17:31 to stake the Quakers to a 1-0 lead versus the Tigers and later added her second of the game at 82:29, putting Penn up 3-1. She is Penn’s third Ivy League Player of the Week honoree this season, joining Marin McDermott (Sept. 5) and Kathryn Barth (Oct. 17).
Lopez-Palm’s Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
With Harvard looking to clinch an outright Ivy League title, freshman midfielder Lauren Urke (Medina, Minn.) tallied the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory at Columbia. Teammate Meg Casscells-Hamby fed Urke with a pass and Urke tallied the goal at 20:24. Urke finished the game with four shots on goal, helping the Crimson finish the regular season with a 10-game unbeaten streak heading into NCAA Championship play. Urke also shared Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 12 with Princeton’s Lauren Lazo.
Urke’s Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG
MC Barrett, Brown (So., GK - Ithaca, N.Y.)
1-1 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, 6 Svs, 0-1-0
Bethany Kanten, Harvard (Fr., GK - Park City, Utah)
1-1 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 2 Svs, 1 Sho, 1-0-0
Enma Mullo, Yale (Sr., M - Floral Park, N.Y.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Caroline Williams, Penn (Sr., GK - Ambler, Pa.)
1-1 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, 7 Svs, 1-0-0
Elise Wilcox, Yale (Fr., GK - Seattle, Wash.)
1-1 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 10 Svs, 1 Sho, 1-0-0
Nov. 12, Harvard at Boston Univ. (Nickerson Field), time TBA
Nov. 18 & 20, Second/Third Round (campus sites)
Nov. 25-27, Quarterfinals (campus sites)
Dec. 2, Semifinals (5/7:30 p.m.)^
Dec. 4, Championship (1 p.m.)^
^ - NCAA College Cup at the Kennesaw State Univ. Soccer Complex (Kennesaw, Ga.)