Harvard's home opener will be a CrimZone student rewards game (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After earning a road victory in its season opener, Harvard women's soccer returns to Cambridge for a cross-town clash with Boston College on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The contest can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital 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 multiple camera angles, replay, 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.
Last Time Out
Competing in its first contest of the year, Harvard women's soccer earned a 1-0 victory at Army after a 71st-minute goal from senior Brooke Dickens. The Crimson (1-0) outshot the Black Knights (2-2) 13-10, with an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal. Lizzie Durack earned the fourth shutout of her career, making four saves against the Army attack.
Related Link: Women's Soccer Blanks Army, 1-0, in Season Opener
CrimZone Student Rewards
Wednesday night's game is also the CrimZone Rewards Fall 2015 Kickoff Event! Harvard Undergraduates can download the free CrimZone Rewards App (Available on iTunes, Android or Mobile Web) and check-in at the game for FREE Pizza and Harvard tank tops! Students can check-in to games all semester to earn points to unlock prizes and make their way up the CrimZone leaderboard into the Top 10. For more information on the CrimZone Rewards Program, click here.
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.
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 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.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles are 3-1-0 to start the 2015 season, earning victories over Boston University, Colgate and Pacific. Redshirt junior McKenzie Meehan has tallied six goals on the season, including a hat trick in the last outing over Pacific. The Eagles lone loss came at the hands of No. 4 Stanford, 4-0.
Harvard hosts Alabama on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium. The match can be seen live and for free on the Ivy League Digital Network.
By The Numbers
The Crimson returns 75.7 percent of its scoring from 2014, when Harvard finished second in the Ivy League in goals. The 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, with one shutout credited to junior Lizzie Durack. The Sydney, Australia native blanked Army in the season debut, making four saves to earn her fourth career shutout.
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. Harvard continued its strong play away from Cambridge to start 2015, defeating Army, 1-0.
On the Sidelines
Head coach Ray Leone is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 83-42-16 (.645) 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.