Harvard is 4-0-2 in Ivy League play (Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. – Utilizing a pair of goals to go with a staunch defense, Harvard women's soccer pushed past Dartmouth, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Burnham Field. Harvard improved to 9-3-3 overall, and 4-0-2 in Ivy League play, while Dartmouth dropped to 6-6-2 on the season with a 0-4-2 mark in the Ancient Eight.
Seniors Rachel Garcia and Margaret Purce found the back of the net for the Crimson, scoring their fifth and 11th goals of the season, respectively. Garcia and sophomore Leah Mohammadi earned assists in the game, while senior Lizzie Durack tallied her fifth shutout of the season with a pair of saves between the posts.
Harvard held an 8-1 advantage in shots in the first half, with Garcia breaking through for the opening goal in the 37th minute. Mohammadi played a corner kick to the top of the six-yard box, where Garcia was able to redirect the ball across the line to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. The assist tied Mohammadi for the league lead with five on the season.
Dartmouth opened the second half with the first few attempts on goal, but the Crimson never lost control and increased its advantage to 2-0 with a goal from Purce in the 63rd minute. Purce took a pass from Garcia and carried the ball 40 yards, weaving between the Big Green defense before firing a shot into the top left corner. The score was the 41st of Purce's career, and extended her lead in the Ivy League goals column to two scores.
Harvard threatened to add a third tally, and the defense withstood a late surge from the Big Green to hold onto the victory, 2-0. With the win, the Crimson controls its own destiny within the conference with one game remaining.
Harvard hosts Columbia to close the regular season on Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 5. The 1 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.