Cardinal nudges Harvard in nonconference field hockey

Sarah Helgeson scored Stanford's first goal early in the second half. Photo by Hector Garcia-Molina/

Goalkeeper Kelsey Bing saved the day for the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team in a 2-1 victory over visiting No. 20 Harvard in a nonconference game Monday.

The Crimson tied the game with less than 30 seconds to play, carrying all the momentum into overtime.

Corinne Zanolli/Hector Garcia-Molina

Emma Alderton
Harvard had several great chances to score in the first overtime period, but Bing made several stops, including a sprawling stick save on a Bente van Vlijmen shot off a penalty corner in the opening minutes of the overtime.

Neither team got off a shot in the second overtime, forcing the shootout. Stanford made its first two shots while Harvard missed twice. The Crimson came back to tie in the fourth round of shots before the Cardinal regained the edge at 3-2.

That's when Bing stepped up once again and turned away Harvard’s Hannah Pearce, clinching Stanford's third straight victory.

Katie Keyser played the eventual clincher in the game to give Bing a 3-0 record in shootouts after winning two last year.

After opening its season with five consecutive matches against nationally-ranked opponents, the Cardinal (3-2) host Pacific in its American East Conference opener on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The match will be shown on Stanford Live Stream.

Bing, who has been part of the U.S. U-21 women's national team the past three years, recorded nine saves, one off her career best set earlier in the season. The sophomore from Houston is the reigning America East Rookie of the Year and was named a third team All-American.

Bing has a 1.20 Goals Against Average and has made 39 saves, stopping nearly 90 percent of shots on goal. Both marks are among the top 10 in Division I.

Sarah Helgeson put Stanford ahead early in the second half, redirecting a tip by Emma Alderton on a crossing pass from Corinne Zanolli past Harvard goalkeeper Libby Manela and into the net.

Stanford is 3-1 all-time against Harvard, though the teams met for the first time in nearly six years.

Manela and Bing both attended St. John's School in Houston, with Manela a year older.

They shared goalkeeping duties, as Bing was also an accomplished field player.

In Bing's senior year, the Mavericks finished 21-1 and won the Southwest Preparatory Conference title.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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