Women's Soccer Defeats Brown, 2-0, to Maintain Ivy Streak

Women's Soccer Defeats Brown, 2-0, to Maintain Ivy Streak

Purce added her fifth goal of the year in the 2-0 victory on Saturday (Gil Talbot)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's soccer team continued its winning ways on Saturday with a 2-0 win at Brown to remain atop the Ivy League standings. The win keeps the Crimson (8-3-2, 3-0-1 Ivy) unbeaten in its last 12 Ancient Eight contests, and marks the squad's ninth shutout of the season.

Both Emily Mosbacher and Margaret Purce found the back of the net for Harvard in the victory, while senior keeper Cheta Emba shut down Brown with four crucial saves on the evening. As a team, the Crimson fired away 24 shots, 11 of which were on goal, to the Bears' eight (four on target).

Mosbacher got things rolling for the Crimson rather early at the 11-minute mark. Haley Washburn, a regular on corner kicks for Harvard, sent in a cross to the near post where Mosbacher easily headed it home for the score. After Purce had a good look minutes later, Mosbacher continued with her hot foot and nearly scored in a few other instances in the first half. Harvard earned a corner with just 40 seconds left in the stanza, but nothing came of it as the Crimson went into halftime with a nice 1-0 lead.

Just 45 seconds into the new half, Brown tested Emba with a shot from Annie Gillen, but the senior Crimson came up with a save to keep the shutout intact. From there, Meg Casscells-Hamby and Harvard continue to press in the offensive zone, but Mallory Yant made a couple of good saves to keep things interesting and close.

Kristen Belinsky had another good chance for Brown at the 80-minute mark, but Emba was equal to the task and would be tested no more on the night. Then, at the 87-minute mark, Casscells-Hamby sent a short pass to Purce, the latter of whom did much of the work. Displaying her dominating speed and agility, Purce split the Brown defense and converted a beautiful one-on-one chance to give Harvard an insurance goal, now up 2-0.

With the win, the Crimson keeps its spot atop the Ivy standings as it turns its attention to Princeton, Dartmouth and Columbia to end the regular season.