CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Midge Purce posted her first multi-goal game as Harvard women's soccer defeated Rhode Island, 2-0, Friday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson (2-3-1) posted its second-straight win, while Rhode Island drops to 4-5 overall.
Junior goalie Bethany Kanten (1-2) earned her first win of the season, getting the start and playing the first 45 minutes. Freshman netminder Lizzie Durack supplied 45 minutes of shutout soccer in the second half. The Harvard defense allowed just five shots in the match.
Purce scored in the eighth minute, shaking a defender in the box and blasting a shot past URI keeper Chelsea Broghamer to her left. The freshman gave the Crimson to an early 1-0 advantage with her third score of the season.
Harvard pushed its lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute, as senior captain Elizabeth Weisman crossed a pass into the box from the left side. Purce was there after a failed attempt at a clear to bury the shot.
Freshman Karly Zlatic nearly added a third score for the Crimson with 16 minutes left. Breaking away from the pack, Zlatic blasted a shot towards the net that was blocked by a URI defender. Classmate Joan Fleischman was there for the rebound, flicking a shot that was saved.
Harvard hits the road for a Sunday tilt at UMass Lowell. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Cushing Field Complex.