|Harvard at Boston College
Sept. 7, 2016
Newton Campus Field
Harvard leads, 7-2-1
W, 6-0 (Nov. 15, 2014)
Harvard is off to a 2-2 start in 2016 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking a short trip to Chestnut Hill, Harvard women's soccer will face Boston College in a Wednesday night showdown at Newton Campus Lacrosse & Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
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 dropped to 2-2 with the loss, while Louisville improved 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.
Player of the Week
Earning accolades from the conference office after a dominant opening week, senior Margaret Purce was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.
Purce netted four goals on the week against Army, Central Connecticut State and Louisville, including two scores against the Blue Devils Sept. 1. Purce has found the back of the net in three-consecutive games, and is averaging one goal per game to start the 2016 campaign. With 34 career goals, Purce moved into fifth place on the Crimson's career goals list.
Harvard is 2-2 to start 2016, picking up wins over Army and Central Connecticut State while dropping contests to then-No. 10 Connecticut and Louisville. Margaret Purce leads the team with four goals and eight points, while classmates Rachel Garcia and Karly Zlatic have also scored for the Crimson. Lizzie Durack has spent the most time in goal, making 13 saves with one shutout.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College is 5-0-1 in 2016, picking up wins against Providence, Stony Brook, Boston University, Cincinnati and Pacific, while playing even with Arizona State. McKenzie Meehan leads the squad with five goals and 11 points, while Kayle Jennings and Hayley Dowd have contributed four and three goals, respectively. In goal, Alexis Bryant boasts a 0.41 goals-against average with two shutouts.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Boston College, 19-14-4.
Through four games, Harvard is averaging 9.25 corner kicks per game, with 37 total on the season. Harvard netted a pair of goals from corners against Central Connecticut State, from Margaret Purce and Karly Zlatic.
Climbing the Ladder
Senior Margaret Purce ranks fifth in program history with 34 goals. The forward is three goals from moving into a tie for third on the list. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack is eight saves from cracking the program's all-time 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.
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.
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 15-8-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard is 2-1 at Jordan Field in 2016 with two shutouts.
Harvard makes a weekend trip to Providence Sunday, Sept. 11. The 7 p.m. meeting will be broadcast on Friars.com.