Durack Earns Shutout in Scoreless Draw Against Cornell

The shutout was the fifth of the year for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting Cornell in its third Ivy League contest of the season, Harvard women's soccer played to a 0-0 draw with the Big Red on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field. The Crimson moved to 7-3-1 on the season, and 2-0-1 in Ivy play, while the Big Red improved to 3-6-2 overall with a 0-2-1 mark in the Ancient Eight.

Harvard outshot the Big Red by a 16-8 margin, including a 10-4 advantage in the second half, but the Crimson was unable to push a goal across the line. Senior Margaret Purce tallied a game-high seven shots, while classmate Rachel Garcia fired three. In goal, senior Lizzie Durack made two saves to earn her third shutout of the season, and the fifth for Harvard overall.

The win extended the Crimson's unbeaten streak against Cornell to 23 games, with the last Big Red win against Harvard coming in 1993. The shutout was Harvard's third-straight against Cornell.

The Crimson tallied three shots in the first half, but the offense threatened to score early in the second period after a header from Purce was sent wide. A few minutes later, sophomore Leah Mohammadi slid a through ball to senior Joan Fleischman, but her shot flew high.

Harvard's best chance came in the 74th minute when Purce's free kick from 20 yards was batted by the goalkeeper into the crossbar. A second-chance effort from Garcia was also saved on the goal line.

The game was sent to overtime, where Harvard tallied three shots, but the Crimson was unable to secure the golden goal, and the teams walked off in a draw 0-0.

Harvard hosts Boston University on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Jordan Field. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.