The Crimson enters the weekend winners of five in-a-row (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Victors of 1-0 and 2-1 decisions to open Ivy League play, Harvard women's soccer looks to improve to 3-0 in conference play when it hosts Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Jordan Field. The 1 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
On a rainy night at Jordan Field, Harvard women's soccer used a pair of second half goals to push past Yale, 2-1, in its second Ivy contest of the season. Harvard improved to 7-3 on the season, with a 2-0 mark in Ivy action, while Yale fell to 4-4-3 with a 0-1-1 mark in conference play.
Junior Caroline Chagares and senior Margaret Purce found the back of the net for Harvard, their first and ninth of the season, respectively. Sophomore Leah Mohammadi tallied a pair of assists in the game, while senior Rachel Garcia recorded one. Senior Lizzie Durack spent all 90 minutes between the pipes to earn the win.
Harvard enters the weekend winners of five-straight games, defeating Providence, New Hampshire, Villanova, Penn and Yale over the stretch. The Crimson holds a goal differential of plus-eight with two shutouts over the streak, while six different players have put the ball in the back of the net.
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 7-3 to start 2016, and triumphed in its opening conference contests, 1-0, over Penn and 2-1 against Yale. Margaret Purce leads the team and the Ivy League with nine goals, 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 19 saves, while Harvard has tallied four shutouts on the season.
On the National Leaderboard
Senior Margaret Purce is one of the country's most-dangerous goal scorers, and she ranks seventh nationally in goals per game (0.90) and 11th in the country in total goals (9). Additionally, Purce is 11th nationally on the active career goals list, with 39.
Cornell holds a 3-6-1 record on the season with a 0-2 mark in Ancient Eight play. Paige DeLoach leads the Big Red offense with two goals and four points, while Tess Pullano and Kennedy Yearby have also scored on the season. Meghan Kennedy and Kelsey Tierney have split time in goal, combining for a 1.27 goals-against average with four shutouts.
The Crimson holds a 24-3-8 lead over Cornell in the all-time series, and is unbeaten against the Big Red over the last 22 years (18-0-4).
Climbing the Ladder
Senior Margaret Purce sits third in program history with 39 goals, recently passing Naomi Miller '99 and Emily Stauffer '98-99 on the list. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack, meanwhile, is two 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 – 39
1. Tracee Whitley '88 - 424
10. Bethan Kanten '15 - 118
11. Lizzie Durack '17 - 116
Around the Ancient Eight
Harvard is one of two schools to win its opening pair of Ancient Eight clashes, joining Columbia at the top of the table. Harvard has overwhelmed Ancient Eight opponents the past three-plus seasons, posting a remarkable 19-2-2 record.
Holding Cornell's Number
The class of 2017 has never fallen to the Big Red, going 3-0 with a plus-nine goal differential over the past three meetings. Senior Margaret Purce has two goals in her career against Cornell, while senior Karly Zlatic and junior Dani Stollar have also scored on the Big Red.
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 17-8-4 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 4-1 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 concludes its homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 11 when Boston University takes a visit to Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.