Durack and Purce led Harvard to three Ivy titles in four years (Gil Talbot and ISI Photos/Mike Gridley).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Continuing her soccer career after an imposing tenure at Harvard between the posts, Lizzie Durack '17 has signed with Everton of Football Association Women's Super League 1 (FA WSL 1). The FA WSL 1 is the highest level of soccer in England. Her former teammate Margaret Purce '17, meanwhile, has been a consistent pick in the Boston Breakers' rotation, and scored her first career goal July 1.
A two-time All-Ivy League honoree, Durack begins her professional career for Everton after posting a 0.94 goals-against average over four years with the Crimson. Durack tallied 14 shutouts over her tenure at Harvard, and ended 2017 with the ninth-most saves over a career in program history (141). Durack has made one appearance with the England national team, while also seeing considerable time on the field for the under-23 team.
Purce's game-winning, first-career goal for the Breakers came at the familiar confines of Jordan Field, where the goal pushed Boston to a 1-0 win over the Washington Spirit. Purce has appeared in 11 games with four starts on the season, firing eight shots while seeing time in multiple positions. Purce was a two-time All-American for Harvard, and ranks third on the Crimson's career goals list with 42.
With seven home games in 2017, Harvard begins its next campaign August 25 against Providence at Ohiri Field.