Women’s Soccer Ties Alabama, 0-0, Behind Strong Defensive Effort

Durack recorded her second shutout of the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a game that came down to the final second, Harvard women's soccer played to a scoreless draw, 0-0, on Friday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

Harvard outshot Alabama 18-9, including a 13-4 advantage after the first 45 minutes. Junior Midge Purce recorded a game-high five shots, and had a left-footed attempt deflect off the crossbar with one second remaining in the second overtime. Senior Haley Washburn also recorded a game-best five shots, with four directed on frame. Lizzie Durack earned her second shutout of the year, playing all 110 minutes with four saves.

After an even first half, where both teams fired five shots, the Harvard offense came alive with 10 tries and five corner kicks in the second frame. Attacking from multiple angles, Washburn, Emily Mosbacher and Leah Mohammadi all tallied two shots in the final 30 minutes, but regulation ended without a score and the game went to overtime.

The first overtime was a defensive battle, with neither team recording a shot. Harvard held Alabama without an attempt in the second overtime as well, but had three chances of their own over the final 10 minutes. Purce and Washburn each found space at the edge of the 18-yard box for shots on goal in the final period, and Purce's last-second effort was less than an inch away from giving the Crimson the victory.

Harvard returns to the pitch on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 25th-ranked Connecticut. The kickoff is set for 1 p.m.