Women’s Soccer Concludes Road Stretch at Cornell

Women’s Soccer Concludes Road Stretch at Cornell

Last Meeting

Harvard at Cornell
Oct. 10, 2015
1 p.m.
Charles F. Berman Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads 23-3-8
W, 2-0 (Oct. 11, 2014)

Purce is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Posting a 2-0 record through two Ivy games, Harvard women's soccer looks to stay unbeaten at Cornell for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 10. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
In its final non-conference game of 2015, Harvard women's soccer used a pair of second-half goals to push past Boston University, 2-1, Tuesday night at Nickerson Field.

Rachel Garcia tallied the game-winning goal in the 64th minute, finding the back of the net from 25 yards away. The score was her second of the season. Four minutes before Garcia's strike, Margaret Purce recorded her sixth goal of the season. Garcia was credited with the assist. Danielle Etzel picked up her first-career win in goal, making one save in a blemish-free second half.

Related Link: Garcia, Purce Lead Women's Soccer Past Boston University, 2-1

Player of the Week
Margaret Purce of the Harvard women's soccer team has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, the organization announced on Monday.

Purce recorded Harvard's first hat trick since 2007 when she beat the Yale goalkeeper in the second, sixth and 51st minutes. On both of her first-half strikes, Purce received a long pass from Bailey Gary, and beat a defender to the ball to finish in the upper corner. In the second half, she beat the goalkeeper outside of the 18-yard box and smoothly placed the ball down the middle into the open net.

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson holds a 5-6-1 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 six goals and 12 points while Joan Fleischman, Rachel Garcia and Bailey Gary have each recorded five points. Purce ranks ninth in the country with 5.00 shots per game. Lizzie Durack boasts a 0.92 goals-against average with 30 saves and four shutouts this season.

Climbing the Ladder
With her hat trick against Yale Oct. 3 and score at Boston University Oct. 6, Margaret Purce moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time Harvard career goals list with 27. Purce is one goal from moving into a tie for sixth on the list and is currently 10th on the all-time Harvard career points list with 60.

Scouting Cornell
The Big Red is unbeaten on the season, posting an 8-0-3 overall record with a 1-0-1 mark in Ivy play. The team has allowed only one goal this season, with goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney posting 10 shutouts and a 0.086 goals-against average, which leads the country. Offensively, Elizabeth Crowell leads the team with seven points (3G, 1A), while Paige DeLoach has also found the back of the net three times.

On Oct. 7, Margaret Purce's hat trick made Harvard's weekly countdown of the top-five plays.

Harvard Top 5 Plays of the Week - Oct. 7, 2015
Oct 7, 2015

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, and has continued the trend with four shutouts in 2015. Lizzie Durack has blanked four opponents in 2015: Army in the season debut, Alabama Sept. 4, Penn Sept. 26, and Yale Oct. 3. The Sydney, Australia native 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 eight of its 12 games, and fired a season-high 25 against the Quakers Sept. 26. The Crimson has played the 68th-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 hosts Brown on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Jordan Field. The contest can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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 87-48-17 (.628) 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.