CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seeking back-to-back road victories, Harvard women’s soccer will face New Hampshire on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Bremner Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on AmericaEast.com.
The Crimson will clash against another Wildcat squad in their Ohiri Field homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 18. The 1 p.m. start marks the first home tilt in nearly three weeks, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
In the midst of a four-game stretch away from Cambridge, Harvard women's soccer toppled Providence 3-1 at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. Harvard improved to 3-3 on the season, while Providence fell to 4-2-1.
Sophomore Leah Mohammadi and seniors Rachel Garcia and Margaret Purce found the back of the net for the Crimson in leading the squad to its third victory of the season. Purce also tallied an assist in the contest, as did senior Joan Fleischman. Sophomore Danielle Etzel made two saves to earn the victory between the posts.
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 3-3 to start 2016, picking up wins over Army, Central Connecticut State, and Providence while dropping contests to then-No. 10 Connecticut, Louisville and Boston College. Margaret Purce leads the team with five goals and eleven points, while classmates Rachel Garcia, Karly Zlatic, and Leah Mohammadi have also scored for the Crimson. Lizzie Durack has spent the most time in goal, making 13 saves with one shutout.
Scouting New Hampshire
The Wildcats have begun the 2016 campaign with a 3-2-2 record with victories against Manhattan, Central Connecticut State, and Holy Cross. Junior Brooke Murphy leads the Wildcat offense with four goals and nine points, and boasts a recent America East Player of the Week selection. Mimi Borkan has spent every minute between the posts for New Hampshire, accruing three shutouts and a 1.05 goals-against average.
The Crimson will arrive in Durham with a 22-3-3 advantage all time vs. New Hampshire, including wins in 10 of the last 11 games against the Wildcats.
Villanova will attempt to bounce back from their 2016 season’s six-game skid with a game against La Salle before arriving in Cambridge. The Wildcats have posted a 1-6 record as of Sept. 14, with their sole victory coming in their season opener against Delaware. Newcomer Ida DiClemente spearheads the Villanova offense, netting three goals on 17 shots. Sporting a 2.47 goals/against average, goalkeeper Emmalee Meyer has seen the majority of the minutes for the Wildcats.
Harvard is 1-0 in the all-time series against the Wildcats, with the only meeting coming in 1984. The Crimson walked away from the contest with a 5-1 victory.
Through six contests, Harvard is averaging 8.2 corner kicks per game, with 49 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 35 goals. The forward is two 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.
Around the Ancient Eight
As of Sept. 14, the Ivy League holds an impressive 26-15-4 (.622) record against non-conference teams this season. Princeton boasts an unblemished 6-0 record, while Brown has stymied their competition’s offense by only allowing a single goal over their first five contests. Harvard has overwhelmed Ancient Eight opponents the past three seasons, posting a remarkable 17-2-2 record. The Crimson begins conference play on Sept. 24 at Penn.
In the last two contests against New Hampshire, the Crimson edged New Hampshire in exciting fashion. Both games required overtime play, but Harvard would add to their win column each time by capitalizing on two golden goal opportunities. Current Crimson senior Rachel Garcia quickly tallied the game-ending goal just over two minutes into overtime play last season, while a Brooke Dickens ’15 header found the back of the net in the 102 minute in 2014.
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. 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.
The Crimson opens up Ivy League play with a 4 pm start on Sept. 24 against Penn. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.