|Harvard vs. New Hampshire
Sept. 17, 2015
Ivy League Digital Network
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
Harvard leads 21-3-3
W, 1-0 (2ot) (Sept. 18, 2014)
Purce has been named to the Ivy League honor roll twice this season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer returns home to Jordan Field on Thursday, Sept. 17 for a 7 p.m. kickoff with New Hampshire. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Last Time Out
Finishing a two-game road trip to Virginia, Harvard couldn't put a tally on the scoreboard and was topped by No. 25 William & Mary, 1-0.
The Crimson outshot William & Mary, 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.
Related Link: Women's Soccer Set Back by No. 25 William & Mary, 1-0
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.
Scouting New Hampshire
The Wildcats hold a 2-3-3 record on the season, including a 0-1-0 record in road contests. Brooke Murphy has scored four of the six UNH goals this season, and leads the team with nine points. Caroline Murray has tallied three assists, while Mimi Borkan sports a 1.17 goals-against average in front of the net.
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.
By The Numbers
Lizzie Durack ranks second in the Ivy League with 22 saves while sporting a .759 save percentage. Margaret Purce has fired the second most shots (27) and shots on goal (12) in the conference, and Joan Fleischman's three points lead all Harvard student-athletes.
Harvard hits the road for an in-state matchup with Massachusetts on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. The Crimson holds a six-game unbeaten streak against the Minutewomen dating back to 1995.
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.
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.
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.
On the Sidelines
Head coach Ray Leone is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 83-46-17 (.634) 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.