|Harvard vs. Brown
Oct. 17, 2015
Ivy League Digital Network
Andy Towne, John Avino
Harvard leads 26-18-3
W, 2-0 (Oct. 18, 2014)
Purce has won each of the last two Ivy League Player of the Week awards (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Undefeated at 3-0-0 in Ivy League play, Harvard women's soccer hosts Brown on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard women's soccer earned its fourth consecutive victory, taking down Cornell, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson tallied a pair of first-half goals from Emily Mosbacher and Margaret Purce, with Bailey Gary and Marie Becker recording assists. The Crimson outshot the Big Red, 16-4, including a 10-2 advantage in the first period. Lizzie Durack made two saves in goal en route to earning her fifth shutout of the season.
Related Link: Women's Soccer Earns Shutout Over Cornell, 2-0
Player of the Week
For the second consecutive week, Harvard women's soccer's Margaret Purce has been recognized as the league's top weekly performer. The Ivy League announced Purce as the Co-Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 12.
Purce tallied four points on the week, scoring goals against Boston University and Cornell. Purce has totaled a team-best seven goals on the season, including five in the past three games, and sits sixth on Harvard's all-time goals list with 27.
The Crimson holds a 6-6-1 record on the season, including a 3-0 Ancient Eight mark after shutting out Penn, Yale and Cornell in the first three Ivy contests of the season. Margaret Purce leads the team with seven goals and 14 points while Bailey Gary has tallied six points with a team-high four assists. Purce ranks seventh in the country with 5.33 shots per game. Lizzie Durack boasts a 0.84 goals-against average with 33 saves and five shutouts this season.
Climbing the Ladder
With her score against Cornell Oct. 10, Margaret Purce moved into a tie for sixth on Harvard's career goals list with 28. Purce is three goals away from breaking into the top five.
The Bears hold a 4-6-2 overall record with an 0-2-1 mark in Ivy League play. Junior Carly Gould leads Brown with four goals and nine points, though Jillian DeSimone and Erin Katz are close behind with seven points. Christine Etzel has started 11 of 14 games in goal, posting a 1.00 goals-against average with 54 saves.
On Oct. 14, Margaret Purce's goal against Cornell made Harvard's weekly countdown of the top-five plays.
Ivy League Digital Network
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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.
Harvard blanked 10 opponents during the 2014 season, and has continued the trend with five shutouts in 2015. Lizzie Durack has blanked four opponents in 2015: Army in the season debut, Alabama Sept. 4, Penn Sept. 26, Yale Oct. 3 and Cornell Oct. 10. The Sydney, Australia native has posted eight shutouts in her career.
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 nine of its 13 games, and fired a season-high 25 against the Quakers Sept. 26. The Crimson has played the 39th-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.
Harvard hosts Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Jordan Field. The 1:30 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 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.
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 88-48-17 (.629) 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.