CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Midge Purce registered her second score of the season, pushing Harvard women's soccer past LIU Brooklyn, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson (1-3-1) controlled possession for a majority of the game, outshooting the Blackbirds (2-4-1) by an 18-3 margin.
Freshman goalkeeper Lizzie Durack (1-0) earned her first career start and win in net, making one save.
Purce struck with 7:41 remaining before halftime. Junior Meg Casscells-Hamby blasted a long shot from the left side of the field that LIU netminder Jessica Sexton saved. Emily Mosbacher collected the rebound, crossing the ball to Purce, who tapped it in for the score. It marked the freshman's second goal of the season.
Senior captain Elizabeth Weisman nearly connected in the 50th minute, getting free on a breakaway and lofting a shot above the keeper's head, but Blackbird Shannon O'Connor was there for the defensive save. Weisman's second attempt hit the bottom of the crossbar and the goal line, but bounced out.
Harvard will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 20 against Rhode Island. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.