Purce, Zlatic Lead Women’s Soccer Past Central Connecticut State, 3-0

Harvard tallied its second-consecutive shutout (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Picking up its second shutout victory of the week, Harvard women's soccer flew past Central Connecticut State, 3-0, on Thursday night at Jordan Field. The Crimson improved to 2-1 overall with the result, while the Blue Devils dropped to 0-5.

Senior Margaret Purce scored two goals to lead the Harvard offense, while classmate Karly Zlatic added one in the winning effort. A trio of Crimson players earned assists – senior Rachel Garcia and sophomores Zayne Matulis and Leah Mohammadi – while senior Lizzie Durack and sophomore Danielle Etzel split time in goal for the shutout.

Harvard outshot the Blue Devils by an 18-4 margin, and drew nine corner kicks against just one for Central Connecticut State. 10 different Harvard players tallied a shot in the contest.

Purce put the Crimson on the board in the 11th minute with a volley from a corner kick. Matulis drove the ball to the top of the six-yard box to a waiting Purce for the score. The goal put Purce on the scoresheet for the second-consecutive outing.

Netting her second goal of the game and third goal of the season, Purce struck again in the 61st minute when she collected a lob from Garcia, juked past the keeper and finished in the bottom corner. The score gave Harvard a 2-0 advantage.

Zlatic netted her first goal of the season in the 78th minute, heading a corner kick from Mohammadi into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box. The goal was the fifth of her career.

Harvard hits the road for a Sunday, Sept. 4 matchup with Louisville to begin a four-game road trip. The 7:30 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the ACC Network.