| Harvard at No. 1 Virginia
Sept. 11, 2015
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|Harvard at No. 25 William & Mary
Sept. 13, 2015
Martin Family Stadium
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Fleischman, Purce and Dickens have scored in 2015 for Harvard (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer faces the bookends of the most recent NSCAA poll this weekend, starting with top-ranked Virginia on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. and ending with No. 25 William & Mary on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. The latter contest can be seen for free on TribeAthletics.com.
Ivy League Digital Network
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Last Time Out
Playing its third game in five days, Harvard fell late to 25th-ranked Connecticut, 2-1, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Margaret Purce tallied her first goal of the season in the 70th minute when she redirected Joan Fleischman's cross into the upper right corner. The strike was the 22nd-career goal for the junior. Lizzie Durack recorded a career-high nine saves in front of the net for the Crimson.
Related Link: Late Goals Push No. 25 UConn Past Women's Soccer, 2-1
In the Spotlight
Junior forward Margaret Purce was named to the MAC Hermann watch list for the second consecutive year. The only Ivy League student-athlete to appear on the list, Purce has led Harvard in scoring during each of her two years on campus.
In Harvard's season opener at Army, senior Brooke Dickens scored the game winning goal in the 71st minute when her shot from 20 yards beat the Black Knights' goalkeeper just underneath the crossbar. The goal was the fourth of Dickens' career.
A Year Ago
A high-octane offense led the Crimson to an 11-5-2 overall record in 2014 with a 5-1-1 mark in Ancient Eight games. The strong play pushed Harvard to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Ray Leone, and its first NCAA Tournament victory (6-0 over Central Connecticut State) since 2001. Seven Harvard student-athletes earned All-Ivy recognition and Leone was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year.
In July, head coach Ray Leone announced nine new student-athletes joining the 2015 roster. The additions to the Harvard squad are Charlotte Davis, Danielle Etzel, Rachel Garcia (transfer from Georgia), Jenny Kronish, Zayne Matulis, Leah Mohammadi, Hannah Natanson, Alli Wiggins and Niki Young.
Scouting No. 1 Virginia
The Cavaliers are off to a 4-0-1 start, and rose to the top of the NSCAA rankings on August 31. Meghan Cox leads Virginia with four goals, while Courtney Peterson and Veronica Latsko have tallied three apiece. In goal, Jessie Ferrari and Morgan Stearns have split time, with each keeper contributing to a pair of shutouts.
Scouting No. 25 William & Mary
The Tribe is 4-1-1 in 2015, and ascended to No. 25 in the most recent NSCAA poll. Caroline Casey sports a 0.65 goals-against average, making 27 saves en route to a trio of shutouts. Samantha Cordum and Katie Johnston lead the William & Mary attack with three goals each.
By The Numbers
The Crimson returns 75.7 percent of its scoring from 2014, when Harvard finished second in the Ivy League in goals. The attack also benefits from the addition of Georgia transfer Rachel Garcia, who added five goals for the Bulldogs in 2014.
Harvard blanked 10 opponents during the 2014 season, with one shutout credited to junior Lizzie Durack. The Sydney, Australia native blanked Army in the season debut and Alabama Sept. 4 for her fourth and fifth-career shutouts.
In 2014, Harvard won seven contests away from Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson averaged 2.1 goals per game on the road, led by six from Purce.
On the Sidelines
Head coach Ray Leone is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 83-44-17 (.635) record in the process. The 2014 Ivy League Coach of the Year, Leone has coached 19 first team All-Ivy and 15 second team All-Ivy players, and the Crimson has won the Ivy League five times under Leone's watch.