Women’s Soccer Opens Ivy Play with 1-0 Victory Over Penn

Women’s Soccer Opens Ivy Play with 1-0 Victory Over Penn

Durack tallied her second shutout of the season (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – Kicking off its Ivy slate away from Jordan Field, Harvard women's soccer triumphed over Penn in shutout fashion, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Adams Field. Harvard improved to 6-3 overall, and 1-0 in Ivy play, while Penn fell to 4-2-1 with a 0-1 start to the conference schedule.

Scoring in her sixth contest of the season, senior Margaret Purce tallied her eighth goal of the season with a penalty kick in the 29th minute. The score was the 38th of her career, giving her sole possession of third place on Harvard's all-time goals list. Classmate Lizzie Durack made three saves in goal to earn her second shutout of the season, and the 11th of her career. Penn is the fourth opponent Harvard has held scoreless this season.

Harvard tallied nine shots in the game, including five on target, with Purce and senior Rachel Garcia firing multiple attempts at goal. Additionally, the Crimson drew five corner kicks.

The Crimson forced Quaker netminder Kitty Qu into a trio of early saves after shots from junior Candy Janachowski, senior Joan Fleischman and sophomore Zayne Matulis. A Crimson corner kick resulted in a Penn foul at the edge of the six-yard box in the 29th minute, which allowed Purce to step to the penalty spot and strike home her eighth goal of the season.

Durack made a pair of second half saves, and Purce nearly tallied a brace in the second frame, but her shot ricocheted off the left post. The battle in the final period ended without a second goal, and Harvard walked off with the triumph.

The Crimson returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 1 when it hosts Yale. Set during alumni weekend, kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.