CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Midge Purce posted her first career goal, but it would not be enough as Harvard women's soccer fell to New Hampshire 2-1 Wednesday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
The Crimson outshot the Wildcats by a 21-2 margin. Bethany Kanten earned the start in net, falling to 0-2 on the season. Cheta Emba played the second 45 minutes, as the defense allowed just two shots for the match.
New Hampshire (2-4-1) scored on back-to-back- opportunities early in the match. In the fourth minute, Kennedy Nickerson took a free kick from 30 yards out, blasting a cross towards the left side of the field. Jordan Logue tipped the ball, as the shot went off the right post and in.
The second score came 59 seconds later off a UNH corner. Nickerson arched a cross into the box that bounced off a Harvard player into the net.
Harvard (0-3) surged in the second half, as Purce scored in 50th minute. Junior Meg Casscells-Hamby drove down the far side of the field, putting a shot on frame. Purce was there for the rebound, burying the goal from seven yards out.
The Crimson had an opportunity in the 37th minute, as a foul in the box created a penalty kick for senior captain Peyton Johnson. Johnson sent a rocket towards the net, but UNH keeper Mimi Borkan made a diving save. Marie Margolius pushed a shot towards the bottom right of the net 20 seconds later, but Borkan again was there for the grab.
Harvard continues its four-match homestand with Providence College on Friday, Sept. 13. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.