Women’s Soccer Takes Down Penn, 2-0, In Ivy Opener

Dickens, Fleischman tallied their second goals of the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in its Ivy League opener, Harvard women's soccer put forth a dominant performance to take down Penn, 2-0, on Saturday at Jordan Field.

Brooke Dickens and Joan Fleischman scored their second goals of the year for the Crimson (3-6-1, 1-0-0 Ivy), which outshot the Quakers (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) 25-5. Bailey Gary and Haley Washburn were credited with assists on Harvard's scores.

The Crimson's pressure caused problems for the Penn defense early, as Harvard fired the first eight shots of the contest. Margaret Purce, who tallied a game-high seven shots, came close to scoring three times in the opening 21 minutes, but had her attempts saved or blocked by the Penn defense.

With 27 ticks left on the clock in the first half, Dickens slammed the ball into the upper netting to put Harvard on top, 1-0. After a cross was batted around the six-yard box, Gary tapped the ball to a waiting Dickens, who finished with power into the back of the net.

Harvard came out of the break with a similar level of intensity, and Rachel Garcia forced Penn goalkeeper Carrie Crook into a pair of diving saves within the first 75 seconds. After Purce drew a free kick five yards from the corner flag, Washburn drove a perfect cross that Fleischman flicked into the lower left corner to put Harvard ahead 2-0.

The Crimson outshot the Quakers 9-2 over the final 30 minutes, and sailed to its first Ancient Eight win of the season.

Harvard hits the road for the first of a three-game stretch on the road Saturday, Oct. 3 at Yale. The 4 p.m. kickoff can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.