Women’s Soccer Readies for Saturday Showdown with Yale

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Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Yale
Oct. 1, 2016
  7 p.m.
Jordan Field
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Ivy League Digital Network
Andy Towne, Alex Thomas
Harvard leads, 31-8-2
    W, 4-0 (Oct. 3, 2015)

The Crimson opened Ivy play with a 1-0 win in Philadelphia (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bringing a 1-0 conference record back home to Cambridge, Harvard women's soccer hosts Yale on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Jordan Field. The center of the alumni day festivities, kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Kicking off its Ivy slate away from Jordan Field, Harvard triumphed over Penn in shutout fashion, 1-0, on Saturday at Adams Field.

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 that the Crimson held scoreless this season.

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.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard is 6-3 to start 2016, and triumphed in its opening conference contest, 1-0, over the Quakers. Margaret Purce leads the team with eight goals and 18 points, while classmates Rachel GarciaKarly Zlatic, and Leah Mohammadi have each scored twice for the Crimson. Lizzie Durack has spent the most time in goal, making 18 saves, while Harvard has tallied four shutouts on the season.

Scouting Yale                                      
Yale is 4-3-3 on the season, while holding a 0-0-1 Ivy League record following a 1-1 tie with Princeton. Freshman Aerial Chavarin leads the Bulldogs with seven goals and 17 points, while sophomore Michelle Alozie is close behind with three goals and 10 points. Jane Buckley, Alyssa Fagel and Maritza Grillo have each started at least three games in goal, with Fagel posting a team-high 18 saves.

The Crimson holds a 31-8-2 lead over Yale in the all-time series, and is unbeaten over the last eight meetings.

Climbing the Ladder
Senior Margaret Purce sits third in program history with 38 goals, recently passing Naomi Miller '99 and Emily Stauffer '98-99 on the list. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack, meanwhile, is three 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 – 38

1. Tracee Whitley '88 - 424
10. Bethan Kanten '15 - 118
11. Lizzie Durack '17 - 115

Around the Ancient Eight
Harvard was one of three schools to win its opening Ancient Eight clash, joining Brown and Columbia at the top of the table. The Crimson is also one of three teams to post at least six victories on the season, as Princeton and Dartmouth have also eclipsed the plateau. Harvard has overwhelmed Ancient Eight opponents the past three-plus seasons, posting a remarkable 18-2-2 record.

Holding the Elis' Number
The class of 2017 has never fallen to the Bulldogs, going 2-0-1 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. Margaret Purce has four career goals against Yale, inlcluding a hat trick last season, while classmates Karly Zlatic and Bailey Gary have also netted scores in the series.

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.

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-IsiborMaggie BastaKimaya ColeKat HessLauren 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.

What's Next?
The Crimson continues its homestand on Saturday, Oct. 8 when Cornell makes a visit to Jordan Field. The 1 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.