Purce becomes the first Harvard player in program history to earn a call up to the United States senior team (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Continuing to play at an elite level following a dynamic career at Harvard, Margaret Purce '17 has been called up to the United States senior Women's National Soccer team, as announced by the organization on Thursday. Purce becomes the first player in program history to earn a call up to the national level with the United States.
A first round selection in the National Women's Soccer League draft in January, Purce recently scored her first professional goal for the Boston Breakers. Purce has been a mainstay for the under-23 national team, recently helping the team to a victory at the Nordic Tournament in the United Kingdom last fall. She also became the first Ivy League women's soccer student-athlete to represent the United States in a world cup, doing so at the 20212 U17 World Cup in Azerbaijan. She also competed at the U20 World Cup in 2014.
"It's been an incredible two months for Midge," said Chris Hamblin, the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. "She graduated Harvard, scored her first professional goal and gets called up to the full national team. We are really proud of her, and it's fantastic to see players from the Ivy League succeed at the highest level."
Purce wrapped up a dazzling career at Harvard in 2016, where she was named the Radcliffe Prize recipient as the top women's student-athlete. Purce was a two-time All-American and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a senior. She joined a select group of two-time Ivy League Players of the Year, and was a four-time Ancient Eight first team honoree.
The United States is set to host in the 2017 Tournament of Nations from July 27-August 3, as Australia, Brazil and Japan trek to the U.S. for games in Seattle, San Diego and Carson, California. The tournament will be broadcast by the ESPN family of networks, with all three United States games appearing on ESPN or ESPN2.