The Crimson is unbeaten in its last six outings (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Finishing its non-conference schedule for 2016, Harvard hosts Boston University on Tuesday night, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Jordan Field. The kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
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.
Harvard won five straight games from Sept. 11-Oct. 1, defeating Providence, New Hampshire, Villanova, Penn and Yale over the stretch. The Crimson held a goal differential of plus-eight with two shutouts over the streak, and the Crimson still holds an unbeaten streak of six games.
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 7-3-1 to start 2016, and triumphed in its opening conference contests, 1-0, over Penn and 2-1 against Yale, before drawing Cornell, 0-0. 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 21 saves, while Harvard has tallied five shutouts on the season.
On the National Leaderboard
Senior Margaret Purce is one of the country's most-dangerous goal scorers, and she ranks 12th nationally in goals per game (0.82) with nine total scores. Additionally, Purce is 11th nationally on the active career goals list, with 39.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers are 4-10 overall, but are second in the Patriot League with a 4-1 record. McKenna Doyle leads the team with five points on two goals and one assist, while teammates Rachel Blauner and Jesse Shreck have also scored twice. Hannah Ciolek and Bridget Conway have split time in goal, combining for a 1.48 goals-against average with 44 saves.
The Crimson holds a 13-7-5 lead over Boston University in the all-time series, and topped the Terriers in last year's meeting, 2-1.
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
9. Ann Diamond '84 – 138
T-10. Bethan Kanten '15 - 118
T-10. Lizzie Durack '17 - 118
Around the Ancient Eight
Harvard is currently second in the Ivy League with a 2-0-1 record, trailing Columbia's 3-0 mark by two points. The Crimson has overwhelmed Ancient Eight opponents the past three-plus seasons, posting a remarkable 19-2-3 record. Individually, senior Margaret Purce leads the conference with nine goals.
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 17-8-5 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 4-1-1 at home in 2016 with four 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 travels to Brown for a Saturday matinee at 3:30 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.