Purce ranks third in program history in goals (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – A first round National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) draft choice by the Boston Breakers in January, Margaret Purce '17 was officially signed by the club on Tuesday. Purce will become the first Harvard alumna to play in the NWSL.
"We are thrilled as Midge embarks on this next stage of her career," said Chris Hamblin, the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. "It is very exciting that Harvard and the Ivy League are producing the next wave of professional athletes - it showcases how good the conference is today, and also the direction it is trending."
Purce ended her Harvard career in third place on the all-time goals list with 42, and was named a first team All-American following an explosive senior season. A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2016, Purce has also been a mainstay with the United States Under-23 squad, most recently scoring her first goal with the team at the La Manga Tournament in Spain.
"Midge has really impressed since our preseason camp started," Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said, per the team's press release. "She is a quick, versatile forward who will give us something a bit different to the forwards that we already have. I'm looking forward to seeing her progress over the next few months."
The Breakers' season begins April 16, and the team will play its home contests at Jordan Field.