Women’s Soccer Set Back by No. 25 William & Mary, 1-0

Women’s Soccer Set Back by No. 25 William & Mary, 1-0

Harvard tied a season-high with nine corner kicks against the Tribe (Gil Talbot).

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Finishing a two-game road trip to Virginia, Harvard women's soccer couldn't put a tally on the scoreboard and was topped by No. 25 William & Mary, 1-0.

The Crimson (1-4-1) outshot William & Mary (6-1-1) 16-11, including an 8-2 advantage in attempts on goal. Margaret Purce took a game-high six shots, and four other Crimson student-athletes fired two. The Harvard attack tied a season-high with nine corners, but could not put a goal past the Tribe goalkeeper.

Harvard forced William & Mary into three saves in the first 16 minutes off the feet of Joan Fleischman and Rachel Garcia, but the Tribe defense weathered the storm. Later in the period, Katie Johnson scored the lone tally for William & Mary when she redirected Haley Kavanaugh's cross into the right side of the goal. The strike came with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Crimson outshot the Tribe 7-0 over the final 13 minutes, with four attempts coming from Purce. Harvard nearly pulled level at 1-1 in the final 60 seconds when Bailey Gary's shot hit the crossbar, resulting in a Harvard corner. Purce had a shot blocked with five seconds remaining in the game, and Garcia's follow-up attempt was cleared off the line by the Tribe defense with three ticks left on the clock.

Harvard hosts New Hampshire on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.