The Crimson has captured three-straight wins over the Quakers (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening Ivy play after a 5-3 start, Harvard women's soccer travels to Penn for a 4 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Sept. 24. The kickoff will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Returning home for the first time in nearly three weeks, Harvard women's soccer scored a trio of goals en route to shutting out Villanova, 3-0, on Sunday at Ohiri Field. Harvard improved to 5-3 with the win, while Villanova dropped to 2-7.
Senior Margaret Purce found the back of the net twice to lead the Crimson offense, while also providing an assist on a goal from sophomore Leah Mohammadi. Seniors Bailey Gary and Karly Zlatic also tallied helpers in the game, while freshman Kat Hess and senior Lizzie Durack combined for the shutout in goal.
Player of the Week
After finding the back of the net twice and tallying five points over two games, senior Margaret Purce was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Sept. 12-18.
Purce steered the Crimson to a 2-0 week with strong play at New Hampshire and two goals and an assist at home against Villanova. In only eight games this season, the senior goal-scorer has notched an impressive seven goals and 16 points. With 37 career goals, Purce sits tied for third place on the Crimson's career goals list.
The award was her second of the season, as she also earned the honor Sept. 5.
Harvard is 5-3 to start 2016, picking up wins over Army, Central Connecticut State, Providence, New Hampshire and Villanova. Margaret Purce leads the team with seven goals and 16 points, while classmates Rachel Garcia, Karly Zlatic, and Leah Mohammadi have each scored twice for the Crimson. Lizzie Durack has spent the most time in goal, making 15 saves, while Harvard has tallied three shutouts on the season.
The Ivy League's fifth-place finisher a year ago, the Quakers are out to a 4-1-1 start in 2016. Emma Loving and Emily Sands co-lead the team with six points apiece, with Loving tallying a team-best three scores. Kitty Qu has spent nearly every second between the posts, tallying a 0.49 goals-against average with three shutouts.
The Crimson holds a 19-6-2 lead over Penn in the all-time series, and has held the Quakers off the scoreboard in two-straight outings.
Climbing the Ladder
Senior Margaret Purce sits in a tie for third in program history with 37 goals, even with Naomi Miller '99 and Emily Stauffer '98-99. The forward will move into sole possession of third with her next score. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack, meanwhile, is six saves from cracking the program's all-time top-10 list.
1. Kelly Landry '85 - 68
2. Sue St. Louis '81-83 – 65
3. Margaret Purce '17 – 37
1. Tracee Whitley '88 - 424
10. Bethan Kanten '15 - 118
11. Lizzie Durack '17 - 116
Around the Ancient Eight
As of Sept. 21, the Ivy League holds an impressive 35-19-7 (.631) record against non-conference teams this season. Princeton, Dartmouth and Harvard have eclipsed the five-win threshold early in the season, while Brown has only allowed a single goal over their first seven 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.
Holding the Quakers' Number
The class of 2017 has never fallen to the Quakers, going 3-0 with a plus-six goal differential over the past three meetings. Current seniors Margaret Purce, Joan Fleischman and Karly Zlatic have scored in their careers against Penn.
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.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 16-8-4 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 3-1 at home in 2016 with three shutouts.
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.
The Crimson begins a three-game homestand with Yale Oct. 1. Falling during alumni weekend, kickoff is set for 7 p.m.