Women’s Soccer Remains Undefeated in Ivy Play, Defeats Brown, 1-0

Durack earned her sixth shutout of the season against the Bears.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer (7-6-1, 4-0-0) upended Brown (4-7-2, 0-3-1) by a score of 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field to earn its fifth-consecutive victory and remain undefeated in Ivy League play. The Crimson has not allowed a score against Ancient Eight opponents in 360 minutes of action.

"This was a good team win," said head coach Ray Leone. "(Brown's) Phil Pincince has made the Ivy League the competitive conference that it is and I have the utmost respect for him and his team."

Harvard broke through in the 72nd minute, as junior forward Margaret Purce buried her eighth goal of the season. Striding through the midfield, senior Emily Mosbacher sent a pass in front of the box, where junior Rachel Garcia settled it and flicked it on to the Olney, Maryland native. Purce sent the one-timer to the left of the diving keeper to for the lone score of the match. The tally put her in sole possession of No. 6 all-time at Harvard in career goals.

For the game, the Crimson outshot the Bears, 25-5, including six on net. Junior Lizzie Durack had to make just two saves in the win, as the defense kept the ball out of the Harvard zone.

The two teams were scoreless after 45 minutes of play, despite the Crimson maintaining possession for a majority of the half. Harvard outshot Brown, 13-5, in the first stanza. One of the best opportunities for the home squad came with 15 minutes before the break, as a corner kick resulted in back-to-back blocked shots in front of the goal by Garcia and senior Brooke Dickens.

The Crimson will be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 24 vs. Princeton at 1:30 p.m.