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Harvard Wins 2011 Ivy League Women's Soccer Title

Harvard Wins 2011 Ivy League Women's Soccer Title
Harvard captains Melanie Baskind (left) and Lindsey Kowal (center) accept the Bessie H. Rudd Cup from Dan Colleran, Assistant Executive Director of the Ivy League

Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

BRONX, N.Y. -- 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 women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Columbia Saturday evening.

With the win, Harvard clinches the Ivy League title outright and finishes the regular season 12-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson posted an unbeaten record in the Ivy League for the first time since going 7-0 and winning the conference in 1999. Harvard's 12 wins is also the most for the program since the 1999 season.

The Crimson, which extends its unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1), will now await Monday's NCAA tournament selection show. The show will be broadcast live on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

First round games of the 2011 women's NCAA Championship will be played from Nov. 11-13 at 32 campus sites.

Complete Harvard versus Columbia recap

2011 Ivy League Women's Soccer Champions, the Harvard Crimson