Purce found the back of the net for the third-straight contest (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Facing its first test of 2016 on the road, Harvard women's soccer fell to Louisville, 3-1, on Sunday night at Lynn Stadium. Harvard falls to 2-2 with the loss, while Louisville improves to 4-1-1.
Senior Margaret Purce scored for the third-straight game, netting a goal in the 33rd minute. The score was her fourth of the season. Senior Lizzie Durack and sophomore Danielle Etzel split time in goal, with Durack making three saves and Etzel holding the Cardinals scoreless over 45 minutes.
Louisville netted goals in the fourth and 14th minutes off the foot of Brooklynn Rivers to take an early 2-0 advantage. Sarah Feola and Jill Vetere were credited assists on the scores.
Purce pulled a goal back 20 minutes later, making a long run through multiple defenders before slipping past the goalkeeper and finishing in the back of the net. With the score, Purce maintained her goal-per-game pace to start the 2016 campaign.
The Cardinals added a third goal in the first half from Arianna Ferraro, assisted by Vetere. Harvard outshot the Cardinals in the second half, 3-1, but Louisville held the Crimson off the board to secure the victory.
Harvard travels to Boston College Sept. 7 for its second game of a four-game road trip. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.