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Women’s Soccer Stays Atop Ivy Standings With 3-1 Win Over Brown

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind three points from junior Marie Margolius, Harvard women's soccer defeated Brown, 3-1, Saturday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Harvard moves to 8-3-2 overall and maintains its first-place standing in the Ivy League with a 4-0 record.

The Crimson is unbeaten over the last 10 games, dating back to Sept. 11. The 10-match unbeaten streak matches the longest since 2011 (9/23-11/5).

Brown (7-3-1, 2-1-1) struck first, as Chloe Cross drove down the center of the field, splitting two Harvard defenders and blasting a shot on frame to give the Bears an early 1-0 advantage.

Harvard remained settled, continuing to pressure Brown and breaking through in the 26th minute. Off a free kick from 40 yards out, freshman Margaret "Midge" Purce sent a rocket into the box that sophomore Hayley Washburn headed into the back of the net. It marked Washburn's first score of the season.

The Crimson pulled ahead in the 57th minute off a corner kick. Senior captain Peyton Johnson started the play, lofting a cross into the box. Freshman Karly Zlatic headed a shot towards the net, but MC Barrett was able to push it away. Sophomore Alika Keene corralled the rebound, pushing the ball ahead to Margolius, who headed it home.

Senior captain Elizabeth Weisman added the insurance goal in the 68th minute. After a corner kick, Johnson knocked a pass into the box. Margolius redirected the ball to Weisman on the left side of the net, who buried it to push the Crimson advantage to two, 3-1.  

For the match, the Crimson outshot the Bears by a 13-9 margin. Bethany Kanten and Lizzie Durack split halves in the net, making a combined three saves.

Harvard continues Ivy League play with Princeton Saturday, Oct. 26 at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.