|Harvard vs. Penn
Sept. 26, 2015
Ivy League Digital Network
Tim Culverhouse, Ben Altsher
Harvard leads 18-6-2
W, 3-0 (Sept. 27, 2014)
Purce and Garcia were named to the weekly honor roll by the Ivy League for Sept. 14-20 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With all but one of its non-conference games in the books, Harvard opens its 2015 Ivy schedule with Penn Friday, Sept. 26 at Jordan Field. Kicking off at 4 p.m., the contest can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
In its final home non-conference game of the year, Harvard women's soccer was edged by Providence, 1-0, at Jordan Field.
The Harvard (2-6-1) attack tallied 13 shots against the Friars (7-3-0) but could not break through the opponent's defense to put a tally on the board. Providence fired 14 attempts at goal, forcing the Crimson into five saves. Lizzie Durack minded the net in the first half, making three saves, while Danielle Etzel played the second 45 minutes with two saves.
Related Link: Women's Soccer Edged by Providence, 1-0
Harvard women's soccer walked off with its second victory of the season, taking down New Hampshire, 2-1, after junior Rachel Garcia's goal 2:31 into overtime.
Garcia received a pass from senior Emily Mosbacher at the top of the 18-yard box and took one dribble before chipping the ball over the Wildcats' goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The Crimson holds a 2-6-1 record on the season, taking down Army and New Hampshire while earning a draw with Alabama. Margaret Purce leads the squad with two goals, four points and 38 shots, while Joan Fleischman is close behind with three points. Lizzie Durack boasts a 1.10 goals-against average with 26 saves and two shutouts this season.
Climbing the Ladder
With her first-half goal against New Hampshire, Margaret Purce moved into a tie for eighth place on the all-time Harvard career goals list with Robin Johnston '92. Purce has 23 career scores and is seven points away from breaking into the top-10 career points list.
The Quakers are 4-1-2 on the season, including a 1-1-1 record away from Rhodes Field. Sasha Stephens and Paige Lombard have each tallied a pair of goals for Penn, which is coming off ties against VCU and Towson. Carrie Crook has seen the most time in goal, carrying a 0.73 goals-against average with 10 saves.
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.
By The Numbers
Harvard has outshot its opponents in five of its nine games, and fired a season-high 24 against the Wildcats Sept. 17. The Crimson has played the 53rd-toughest schedule in the country, based off win-loss percentage, and played three consecutive ranked teams from Sept. 6-13. The team has earned nine corner kicks three times in 2015.
Harvard hits the road for the first of a three-game stretch away from Jordan Field when it travels to Yale on Saturday, Oct. 3. The 4 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts an 11-5-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard has played three games at Jordan Field in 2015, sporting a 0.94 goals-against average in those contests. The Crimson is averaging 18.0 shots and 6.3 corner kicks per game at home.
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.
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 84-48-17 (.621) 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.