The Crimson tallied three goals for the second time this season (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the midst of a four-game stretch away from Cambridge, Harvard women's soccer toppled Providence on Sunday afternoon, 3-1, at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. Harvard improved to 3-3 on the season, while Providence fell to 4-2-1.
Sophomore Leah Mohammadi and seniors Rachel Garcia and Margaret Purce found the back of the net for the Crimson in leading the squad to its third victory of the season. Purce also tallied an assist in the contest, as did senior Joan Fleischman. Sophomore Danielle Etzel made two saves to earn the victory between the posts.
Harvard outshot the Friars 13-7 in the contest, and got on the board first in the 42nd minute after Mohammadi's first-career goal. The Upland, California native banged home a cross from Purce from inside the six-yard box to give the Crimson a 1-0 advantage.
Garcia doubled the Harvard advantage to 2-0 in the 78th minute, finishing a cross from Fleischman past the Friars' goalkeeper. The score was Garcia's second of the season, and fifth in her Harvard career, while Fleischman picked up her first helper of the season.
Extending the Crimson lead to 3-0 just minutes later, Purce carried the ball from midfield through a pair of Providence defenders before finishing smoothly past the goalkeeper. The goal was Purce's fifth of the season and 35th of her career.
Providence added a late goal in the 84th minute by Rachel Ugolik, but the Crimson held strong over the final minutes to close out the victory.
Harvard women's soccer travels to New Hampshire to conclude its road trip Sept. 15. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.