Women’s Soccer Blanks Army, 1-0, in Season Opener

Women’s Soccer Blanks Army, 1-0, in Season Opener

Dickens' 71st-minute goal gave Harvard its first win of the year (Mady Salvani).

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Competing in its first contest of the year, Harvard women's soccer earned a 1-0 victory at Army after a 71st-minute goal from senior Brooke Dickens.

The Crimson (1-0) outshot the Black Knights (2-2) 13-10, with an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal. Lizzie Durack earned the fourth shutout of her career, making four saves against the Army attack.

After an even first half where both teams fired five shots, the Crimson took control of possession and threatened to score on multiple occasions. Caroline Chagares forced Army goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia into a save in the 55th minute, and Margaret Purce, who recorded a game-high seven shots, came within an inch of scoring in the 61st minute when her attempt deflected off the crossbar.

Dickens broke through with an unassisted goal in the 71st minute after her shot from 20 yards beat Cassalia. The score was the fourth of her career and first of the season.

Both squads had chances to put a tally on the scoreboard in the closing minutes, but the Harvard defense stood strong to keep Army off the board to claim the victory.

Harvard returns to Cambridge for its home opener against Boston College on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The match can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network, and will be a CrimZone student rewards game.