|Harvard vs. Alabama
Sept. 4, 2015
Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium
Ivy League Digital Network (Free)
Scott Sudikoff, Bill Spaulding
|Harvard at No. 25 Connecticut
Sept. 6, 2015
Joseph J. Morrone Stadium
Harvard trails, 5-24-1
W, 2-1 (Sept. 11, 2011)
Harvard took down Army in its season opener, 1-0 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two games into the 2015 season, Harvard women's soccer hosts Alabama on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m., and travels to 25th-ranked Connecticut on Sunday, Sept. 6 for a 1 p.m. clash. The Friday contest can be seen live and for free on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Ivy League Digital Network- Free Weekend!
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, and events streamed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-6, can be seen for free without registration.
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
In a game where Harvard controlled a majority of the possession, Boston College topped the Crimson 2-1 Wednesday night at Soldiers' Field Soccer Stadium.
Joan Fleischman scored the lone Crimson goal in the 68th minute, her first of the season and sixth of her career. Haley Washburn and Alika Keene were credited their first assists of the year on the play. Harvard outshot Boston College 17-6 in the contest, with six shots registered on target.
Related Link: Women's Soccer Topped By Boston College, 2-1
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 Harvard's season opener at Army, senior Brooke Dickens scored the game winning goal in the 71st minute when her shot from 20 yards beat the Black Knights' goalkeeper just underneath the crossbar. The goal was the fourth of Dickens' career.
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 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 Crimson Tide is off to a 1-2-1 start, with its only win coming at home vs. Troy on August 23, 1-0. The SEC squad earned a second shutout, 0-0, in a tie against Wake Forest the following week. Celia Jimenez and Alexis Mouton have each found the back of the net for Alabama.
Scouting No. 25 Connecticut
The Huskies are 3-0 to start 2015, and moved into the most recent NSCAA NCAA Division I poll at No. 25. UConn has earned victories over Colgate, Georgetown, and Navy, scoring 10 goals in three games. Rachel Hill leads all attackers with four goals and nine points, and Stephanie Ribeiro has tallied two scores.
Harvard travels to top-ranked Virginia on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. before taking on William & Mary on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.
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 83-43-16 (.644) 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.