Three First-Half Scores Lead Crimson Past Princeton, 4-0

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Joan Fleischman posted her first career multi-goal game with two scores, leading Harvard women's soccer past Princeton, 4-0, Saturday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson is unbeaten over the last 11 games, dating back to Sept. 11. The 11-match unbeaten streak marks the longest since 1999 (9/18-11/6, 13 games).

"We are very appreciative to see so many alumnae here this weekend and I was pleased that we gave such a strong effort against an outstanding Princeton team," said head coach Ray Leone. "The alumnae presented a moving tribute by applauding during the entire 13th minute of the match in honor of Katie Urbanic-Moore, who sadly passed last year from cancer. Katie wore jersey #13 for the Crimson. The present team also wore pink wrist bands and head bands in her honor."

Harvard (9-3-2, 5-0) takes a strong hold on the Ivy League, as the Crimson have tallied 15 points in league standings. Penn, in second place, holds a 3-1-1 record with 10 points. Princeton (5-5-4, 0-4-1) managed to keep pace with the Crimson in shot output (10-10), but was unable to capitalize.

Freshman Margaret "Midge" Purce also registered two scores on the night, her second career multi-goal match. Cheta Emba and Lizzie Durack split time in the net, totaling nine saves to earn a combined shutout.

Fleischman put Harvard on the board in the ninth minute, hustling up the field after a long pass ahead. Princeton goalkeeper Cecilia Di Caprio could not get a handle on the ball, and Fleischman was able to jar the ball loose, tapping it in for the early 1-0 lead.

Fleischman added a second score in the 44th minute off a free kick opportunity. Freshman Karly Zlatic corralled a long pass from Purce, taking a shot on frame. Fleischman redirected the rebound into the bottom left of the net, giving the Crimson a 2-0 cushion.

Purce posted a goal of her own just before the end of the half. With just one second remaining, a free kick from nearly 50 yards out found the top right side of the net and Harvard entered the break with a 3-0 advantage.

A second goal for Purce came with 3:12 remaining in the match, as the rookie defended a pass in the midfield, stealing it from the Princeton defender. Purce drove down the field, beating three Tigers, making a move to her right and scooting the ball into the bottom left of the net.

Harvard steps out of conference play with a familiar opponent, heading to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown for the second time this season. Harvard downed Brown 3-1 on Oct. 19. The match is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m.