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Women’s Soccer Opens 2016 at Home with No. 10 Connecticut, Army

Matchup
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Time
Venue
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak

Harvard vs. Connecticut
Aug. 26, 2016
7 p.m.
Jordan Field
 Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, Max Berkowitz
Harvard trails, 5-25-1
L, 2-1 (Sept. 6, 2015)
L1

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak

   Harvard vs. Army
  Aug. 29, 2016
  7 p.m.
 Jordan Field
    Ivy League Digital Network
Bill Spaulding, Ben Altsher
Harvard leads, 1-0-0
W, 1-0 (Aug. 30, 2015)
W1

Purce led the Crimson with nine goals and 20 points in 2015 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting the Crimson's first athletic contests of the 2016-17 academic year, Harvard women's soccer is set to welcome No. 10 Connecticut and Army to Jordan Field on August 26 and 29 for a pair of 7 p.m. kickoffs. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

A Year Ago
Harvard posted an 8-7-2 overall record in 2015, including a 5-1-1 second-place mark in Ivy League play. The Crimson led the conference with eight All-Ivy selections, including first team nods for Margaret Purce, Bailey Gary and Haley Washburn '16, while Purce and Lizzie Durack collected NSCAA all-region honors. Harvard closed the season with a 6-1-1 mark over its final eight games.

Scouting Harvard
Six All-Ivy selections return for the Crimson, which retains 79 percent of its scoring from a year ago. The Crimson tallied seven shutouts in 2015, giving up just 16 goals in 17 games. Senior Margaret Purce led the Crimson with nine goals a year ago, while classmates Rachel Garcia and Joan Fleischman netted three and two scores, respectively. Senior Lizzie Durack started 15 games in goal, making 44 stops with a 0.82 goals-against average.

At the Helm
Chris Hamblin was introduced as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer in March. Hamblin was previously an assistant coach at Harvard, where he helped lead the Crimson to three Ivy titles with 13 All-Ivy League first team selections.

Full release: Hamblin Named Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer

Climbing the Ladder
Senior Margaret Purce ranks sixth in program history with 30 goals. The forward is one goal from breaking into the top five, and seven goals from the top three. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack is 21 saves from cracking the program's top-10 list.

Scouting No. 10 Connecticut
Connecticut currently sits at 2-0 overall with a pair of 1-0 wins at home against Northeastern and Boston University.  Midfielder Stephanie Ribeiro has netted both goals for the Huskies, while goalkeeper Emily Armstrong has registered two shutouts with seven total saves.

Harvard fell to Connecticut in last year's meeting, 2-1.

Scouting Army
Army is out to an 0-2 start, falling in West Point to Albany and Seton Hall. Jordan Cassalia has tallied nine saves in goal with a 1.44 goals-against average. A trio of Black Knights – Brianna Nicholas, Clare Shea and Sam Gottlieb – co-lead the team with three shots.

Harvard won the first matchup in program history a year ago, 1-0.

International Crimson
Lizzie Durack and Margaret Purce were named to the U-23 national teams for England and the United States, respectively, for the Nordic Cup in June. Durack led her team to a victory in penalty kicks over the United States in the tournament's final contest, but Purce and the Americans won the tournament on goal differential.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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.

Class of 2020
In May, Chris Hamblin announced six members of the class of 2020: Zoe Aigberomwan-Isibor, Maggie Basta, Kimaya Cole, Kat Hess, Lauren Spohn and Meg Tveit. The group joins the Crimson from four states across the country.

Full release: Women's Soccer Announces Class of 2020

Keep an Eye Out
For the third-straight season, senior Margaret Purce was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, which is presented annually to the nation's top player. Purce has led the Crimson in scoring during each of her three seasons in Cambridge.

Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 13-7-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard played seven games at Jordan Field in 2015, sporting a 0.83 goals-against average in those contests. Creating chances, the Crimson averaged 20 shots and one goal per game at home a year ago.

What's Next?
Harvard hosts Central Connecticut State on Thursday, September 1 for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Jordan Field. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network

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