Purce (pictured) recorded her third career multi-goal game, while Emba's four saves gave the Crimson a 2-0 victory on Sunday. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Behind two goals from sophomore Margaret Purce, the Harvard women's soccer team picked up a 2-0 win against Providence on Sunday afternoon. The win – Harvard's second clean sheet of the season – moves the Crimson to 2-0-0 on the season, while the Friars fall to 1-2-2 with after the loss.
Purce, who registered her third career multi-score game, found the back of the net early in the contest. After Providence committed a foul in the box, Purce held her composure and connected on the first penalty kick of her young career, putting the Crimson ahead just 13 minutes into the game.
Starting in net for the first time in 2014, senior Cheta Emba picked up the 2nd whitewash of her career, blocking away four shots on the day, all coming in the first half.
With the early lead, the Crimson tried to fend off the Providence attack, which attempted 10 shots in the first half alone to Harvard's three in the opening stanza.
After the physical first half came to a close, the Crimson kept the pace high, attempting five shots in the first 15 minutes of the second. Joan Fleischman nearly tacked on another goal during that stretch, but PC's Kristyn Shea was there to keep the ledger at 1-0.
As time wore down, things settled for both sides until Haley Washburn made a solid effort in the offensive side of the field, knocking the ball loose from the Friars. Starting in open space, Purce corralled the ball and eventually weaved her way through thicket of three defenders to the right side of the goal. After leaving the Friars behind, the sophomore fired one in from five yards out where Shea had no chance at a play.
Able to play keep-away for the remaining 11 minutes, the Crimson eventually walked away with its second win of the season, moving its regular-season unbeaten streak to 16 games in a row. Up next, Harvard travels to Rhode Island to square off with the Rams on Tuesday.