|Harvard vs. Central Conn. State
Sept. 1, 2016
Ivy League Digital Network
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
Harvard leads, 7-2-1
W, 6-0 (Nov. 15, 2014)
| Harvard at Louisville
Sept. 4, 2016
ACC Network Extra
Harvard earned its first shutout of the year against Army (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Set for its third-consecutive contest at Jordan Field, Harvard women's soccer will face Central Connecticut State on Thursday, Sept. 1 before trekking to Louisville for a Sunday, Sept. 4 tilt. The clash with the Blue Devils will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, while the matchup with the Cardinals can be viewed on ACC Network Extra.
Last Time Out
Earning its first victory of the season in shutout fashion, Harvard blanked Army, 1-0, on Monday night at Jordan Field. The win moved the Crimson to 1-1 on the season, while Army fell to 0-4 overall.
Senior Margaret Purce scored in the 11th minute to give Harvard the lead, scoring on the breakaway after taking the ball from a Black Knight defender. The unassisted goal moved Purce into a tie for fifth on the all-time Harvard career goals list with 31. Classmate Lizzie Durack earned her 10th-career shutout in goal.
Six All-Ivy selections return for the Crimson in 2016, 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. Seniors Rachel Garcia and Margaret Purce have scored for Harvard over the first two games, while freshman Maggie Basta has provided the Crimson's only assist. Senior Lizzie Durack has spent all 180 minutes between the posts, making eight saves with one shutout.
Climbing the Ladder
Senior Margaret Purce ranks tied for fifth in program history with 31 goals. The forward is one goal from moving into fourth on the list, and is six goals from the top three. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack is 13 saves from cracking the program's top-10 list.
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.
Scouting Central Connectiut State
Central Connecticut State is 0-4 to start 2016, falling to St. John's, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Laura Casanovas-Diaz is the lone goal scorer on the season for the Blue Devils, scoring off the feed from Emily Hogan. Nicki Turley has started three games in goal, making 14 saves.
Harvard leads the all-time series with CCSU, 7-2-1, and is unbeaten in the last four meetings.
Louisville is 3-0-1 to begin the season, earning wins over Indiana State, UAB and Toledo each by 4-0 margins. 10 different Cardinals have found the back of the net, led by Gabrielle Vincent with three goals. Taylor Bucklin has started all four games, making five saves.
The matchup will be the first in program history between the two schools.
Harvard hosted Central Connecticut State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 15, 2014, ending in a 6-0 victory for the Crimson. The win marked the program's first in the NCAA Tournament since 2001, when it toppled Hartford in overtime.
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
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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.
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.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 14-8-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard is 1-1 at Jordan Field in 2016 with one shutout.
Harvard makes the short trip to Boston College on Wednesday, Sept. 7 before a weekend trip to Providence Sunday, Sept. 11.