Harvard returns to the field after winning the 2014 Ivy League Championship (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Sunday, Aug. 30, the 2015-16 year of athletics for Harvard will officially be underway. The women's soccer team is set to kick off its season at 1 p.m. against Army, marking the first contest of the year for any of Harvard's 42 varsity athletic programs. The contest can be seen live and for free on The Patriot League Network.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
A Year Ago
A high-octane offense led the Crimson to an 11-5-2 overall record in 2014 with a 5-1-1 mark in Ancient Eight games. The strong play pushed Harvard to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Ray Leone, and its first NCAA Tournament victory (6-0 over Central Connecticut State) since 2001. Seven Harvard student-athletes earned All-Ivy recognition and Leone was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year.
In the Spotlight
Junior forward Margaret Purce was named to the MAC Hermann watch list for the second consecutive year. The only Ivy League student-athlete to appear on the list, Purce has led Harvard in scoring during each of her two years on campus.
In July, head coach Ray Leone announced nine new student-athletes joining the 2015 roster. The new additions to the Harvard squad are Charlotte Davis, Danielle Etzel, Rachel Garcia (transfer from Georgia), Jenny Kronish, Zayne Matulis, Leah Mohammadi, Hannah Natanson, Alli Wiggins and Niki Young.
The Black Knights finished 2014 with a 7-9-3 mark, including a 4-2-3 record in Patriot League play, and are 1-1 to start the 2015 season. Army scored four times in its season opener against Sacred Heart, with four different student-athletes finding the back of the net. Katie Holder leads the team with three points.
Harvard returns to Cambridge for its home opener against Boston College on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The match can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network, and will be a CrimZone student rewards game. For more information on the CrimZone, click here.
By The Numbers
Harvard returns 75.7 percent of its scoring from 2014, when Harvard finished second in the Ivy League in goals. The Crimson attack also benefits from the addition of Georgia transfer Rachel Garcia, who added five goals for the Bulldogs in 2014.
Harvard blanked 10 opponents during the 2014 season, six of which came with junior Lizzie Durack in front of goal. Durack allowed just 10 goals on the season, finishing with the seventh-best goals allowed average in the conference.
In 2014, Harvard won seven contests away from Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium. The Crimson averaged 2.1 goals per game on the road, led by six from Purce.
On the Sidelines
Head coach Ray Leone is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 82-42-16 (.643) record in the process. The 2014 Ivy League Coach of the Year, Leone has coached 19 first team All-Ivy and 15 second team All-Ivy players, and the Crimson has won the Ivy League five times under Leone's watch.