Women’s Soccer Hits the Road to Face Yale

Women’s Soccer Hits the Road to Face Yale

Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Yale
Oct. 3, 2015
4 p.m.
Reese Stadium
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads 30-8-2
T, 0-0 (2ot) (Oct. 4, 2014)

Harvard is 1-0 in Ivy play after toppling Penn, 2-0 (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After opening its Ivy League slate with a win on Sept. 26 over Penn, Harvard women's soccer looks to carry its momentum into a Saturday, Oct. 3 contest at Yale. The 4 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Competing in its Ivy League opener, Harvard women's soccer put forth a dominant performance to take down Penn, 2-0, on Saturday at Jordan Field.

Brooke Dickens and Joan Fleischman scored their second goals of the year for the Crimson (3-6-1, 1-0-0 Ivy), which outshot the Quakers (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) 25-5. Bailey Gary and Haley Washburn were credited with assists on Harvard's scores.

Related Link: Women's Soccer Takes Down Penn, 2-0, In Ivy Opener

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson holds a 3-6-1 record on the season, including a 1-0 Ancient Eight mark after taking down Penn, 2-0, in its conference opener. Joan Fleischman leads the team with five points (2G, 1A) while Margaret Purce and Brooke Dickens have each netted a pair of goals. Purce ranks 11th in the country with 5.00 shots per game. Lizzie Durack boasts a 0.97 goals-against average with 28 saves and three shutouts this season.

Climbing the Ladder
With her first-half goal against New Hampshire Sept. 17, 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.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs are 3-4-2 in 2015, and dropped its Ivy League opener to Princeton on Sept. 26, 3-0. The contest with the Crimson marks its first of five-straight games at home, including three Ivy matches. Freshman Michelle Alozie leads Yale with five goals and 14 points, while classmate Sofia Griff has pitched in four goals and 11 points. In goal, Rachel Ames holds a 2.11 goals-against average with 53 saves and two shutouts.

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.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
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.

Clutch Moments
Senior Brooke Dickens has tallied a pair of game-winning goals this season, providing the crucial score against Army and Penn. Against the Black Knights, 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. At home versus the Quakers, Dickens blasted a left-footed shot into the upper netting 27 seconds before the half.

Golden Goal
Harvard women's soccer walked off with its second victory of the season, taking down New Hampshire Sept. 17, 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.

By The Numbers
Harvard has outshot its opponents in six of its 10 games, and fired a season-high 25 against the Quakers Sept. 26. The Crimson has played the 46th-toughest schedule in the country, based off win-loss percentage, and played three consecutive ranked teams from Sept. 6-13. Creating set pieces, the team has earned nine corner kicks three times in 2015.

What's Next?
Harvard takes a break from Ivy play for a midweek contest at Boston University on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Harvard holds a 12-6-5 all-time advantage over the Terriers.

Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 12-5-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard has played five games at Jordan Field in 2015, sporting a 0.76 goals-against average in those contests. The Crimson is averaging 19.4 shots and 5.8 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  led Harvard in scoring during each of her first  two years on campus.

Clean Sheets
Harvard blanked 10 opponents during the 2014 season, with one shutout credited to junior Lizzie Durack. The Sydney, Australia native has blanked three opponents in 2015: Army in the season debut, Alabama Sept. 4, and Penn Sept. 26. Durack has posted six shutouts in her 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.

On the Sidelines
Head coach Ray Leone is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 85-48-17 (.623) 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.