Women’s Soccer Heads to Providence for Sunday Showdown

Women’s Soccer Heads to Providence for Sunday Showdown

Last Meeting

Harvard at Providence
Sept. 11, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium
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Harvard leads, 7-3-2
L, 1-0 (Sept. 22, 2015)

Harvard has posted wins over Army and Central Connecticut State this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking its talents on the road for the third-consecutive outing, Harvard women's soccer will face Providence on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. The 4:30 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on Friars.com.

Last Time Out
In the midst of a four-game stretch on the road, Harvard women's soccer dropped a contest at Boston College, 3-0, on Wednesday night. Harvard falls to 2-3 with the result, while the Eagles improve to 6-0-1.

Seniors Karly Zlatic and Rachel Garcia tallied three shots apiece for the Crimson, which was held without a goal for the first time this season. Freshman Kat Hess and sophomore Danielle Etzel split time in goal, making four and two saves, respectively.

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.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard is 2-3 to start 2016, picking up wins over Army and Central Connecticut State while dropping contests to then-No. 10 Connecticut, Louisville and Boston College. 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 Providence
The Friars are off to a 4-2-1 start in 2016, and are winners of four-straight after topping Maine, Boston University, Colgate and Brown. Kathryn Hiller and Juliana Pellegrini co-lead the team with three goals and seven points, and Kristyn Shea has spent every minute in goal, where she boasts a 0.94 goals-against average with four shutouts.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Providence, 7-3-2.

Hot Corner
Through five games, Harvard is averaging 8.2 corner kicks per game, with 41 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.

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

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. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. 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.

What's Next?
Harvard finishes its four-game road trip at New Hampshire Sept. 15. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.