Women’s Soccer Ends Non-Conference Slate at Boston University

Women’s Soccer Ends Non-Conference Slate at Boston University

Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Boston University
Oct. 5, 2015
7 p.m.
Nickerson Field
Patriot League Network
Harvard leads 12-6-5
L, 1-2 (2ot) (Oct. 8, 2014)

Harvard is 2-0 in Ivy play after a 4-0 shutout of Yale (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer's non-conference schedule comes to an end with a 7 p.m. kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Boston University. The contest can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.

Last Time Out
In its first road contest of the Ivy League season, Harvard women's soccer posted a dominant shutout over archrival Yale, 4-0.

Scoring three times in the first 5:11, Harvard (4-6-1, 2-0-0 Ivy) controlled the pace of play and outshot Yale (3-5-2, 0-2-0 Ivy) 21-4, including 11 on target. Margaret Purce netted her first career hat trick, scoring in the second, sixth and 51 minutes. Bailey Gary added a goal in the fourth minute and provided an assist on two of Purce's scores.

In front of net, Lizzie Durack posted her fourth shutout of 2015, making two saves including a stop against a penalty kick.

Related Link: Purce Nets Hat Trick, Women's Soccer Shuts Out Yale, 4-0

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson holds a 4-6-1 record on the season, including a 2-0 Ancient Eight mark after shutting out Penn and Yale in the first two Ivy contests of the season. Margaret Purce leads the team with five goals and 10 points while Joan Fleischman and Bailey Gary have each recorded five points. Purce ranks ninth in the country with 5.00 shots per game. Lizzie Durack boasts a 0.86 goals-against average with 30 saves and four shutouts this season.

Climbing the Ladder
With her hat trick against Yale Oct. 3, Margaret Purce moved into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time Harvard career goals list with 26. Purce is one goal from moving into a tie for seventh on the list and is currently 10th on the all-time Harvard career points list with 58.

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers at 5-4-3 on the season, including a 3-0-1 first-place mark in Patriot League play. McKenna Doyle leads the squad with four goals and nine points, while Clair Pleuler is close behind with two goals and seven points. In goal, Alyssa Parisi has started all 12 games and boasts a 1.02 goals-against average with 41 saves.

On Sept. 30, goals from Brooke Dickens and Joan Fleischman were featured in Harvard's top-five plays of the week video.

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.

Social Stream
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.

Clutch Moments
Senior Brooke Dickens has tallied a pair of game-winning goals this season, providing the crucial score against Army and Penn. Against the Black Knights, 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. At home versus the Quakers, Dickens blasted a left-footed shot into the upper netting 27 seconds before the half.

Clean Sheets
Harvard blanked 10 opponents during the 2014 season, with one shutout credited to junior Lizzie Durack. The Sydney, Australia native has blanked four opponents in 2015: Army in the season debut, Alabama Sept. 4, Penn Sept. 26, and Yale Oct. 3. Durack has posted seven shutouts in her career.

Golden Goal
Harvard women's soccer walked off with its second victory of the season, taking down New Hampshire Sept. 17, 2-1, after junior Rachel Garcia's goal 2:31 into overtime.

Garcia received a pass from senior Emily Mosbacher at the top of the 18-yard box and took one dribble before chipping the ball over the Wildcats' goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

By The Numbers
Harvard has outshot its opponents in seven of its 11 games, and fired a season-high 25 against the Quakers Sept. 26. The Crimson has played the 44th-toughest schedule in the country, based off win-loss percentage, and played three consecutive ranked teams from Sept. 6-13. Creating set pieces, the team has earned nine corner kicks three times in 2015.

What's Next?
Harvard takes a break from Ivy play for a midweek contest at Boston University on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Harvard holds a 12-6-5 all-time advantage over the Terriers.

Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 12-5-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard has played five games at Jordan Field in 2015, sporting a 0.76 goals-against average in those contests. The Crimson is averaging 19.4 shots and 5.8 corner kicks per game at home.

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 led Harvard in scoring during each of her first  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.

On the Sidelines
Head coach Ray Leone is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 86-48-17 (.624) 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.