Women's Soccer Falls at Harvard, 2-0

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Penn women's soccer team fell to Harvard on Friday night, 2-0, in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

The loss was the second in a row for Penn -- the defending Ivy League champion -- after five straight shutout wins to start the season.

Melanie Baskind scored twice in the first half for the Crimson, which snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 4-4-0 overall with the win. Peyton Johnson had both assists.

In the first half, Johnson played a cross pass from the 20 yards out, finding Baskind on the left side. Baskind took the ball and fired to give Harvard a 1-0 lead at 13:02.

In the 25th minute, Baskind added tothe Crimson'sadvantage off a corner kick, as Johnson played the ball into play. After the ball bounced in front of the net, Baskind placed the ball into the corner and by Penn goalkeeper Sarah Banks, making it 2-0 at 24:42.

Banks went the distance in goal for Penn, coming up with six saves as the Quakers were outshot by the Crimson, 16-9.Harvard goalkeepers Cheta Emba and Bethany Kanten combined for four stops.

This was Penn's first game without last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Kerry Scalora, who went down with an injury last Sunday at George Mason. Scalora entered that game as Penn's second-leading scorer and its biggest offensive threat with more than twice as many shots as any teammate. Freshman Megan York led Penn with three shots on Friday at Harvard -- two on goal -- while classmate Callan Parra had two.

Penn returns to action Sunday afternoon, hosting Youngstown State at 1 p.m. on Rhodes Field.

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