The Crimson sits at 2-0-1 in Ivy League play (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Reaching the midpoint of the 2016 Ivy schedule, Harvard women's soccer hits the road to face Brown on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Hosting Boston University in its final non-conference matchup of the season, Harvard women's soccer tied the Terriers, 2-2, on Tuesday night at Jordan Field. Harvard moved to 7-3-2 overall with the tie, while Boston University improved to 4-10-1.
Seniors Margaret Purce and Rachel Garcia scored and assisted for the Crimson, finding the back of the net in the 48th and 67th minutes. Purce tallied a game-high 14 shots, as the Crimson out-fired the Terriers, 27-11. Sophomore Danielle Etzel and freshman Kat Hess split time in goal, with Etzel making five saves but Hess earning the result in-between the posts.
It has been 35 days since the last Crimson loss, with Harvard winning five straight games from Sept. 11-Oct. 1 before notching a pair of ties Oct. 8 and 11. The Crimson hold a goal differential of plus-eight with two shutouts over the seven-game unbeaten stretch.
Player of the Week
After finding the back of the net twice and tallying five points over two games, senior Margaret Purce was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Sept. 12-18.
Purce steered the Crimson to a 2-0 week with strong play at New Hampshire and two goals and an assist at home against Villanova. In only eight games this season, the senior goal-scorer has notched an impressive seven goals and 16 points. With 37 career goals, Purce sits tied for third place on the Crimson's career goals list.
The award was her second of the season, as she also earned the honor Sept. 5.
Harvard is 7-3-2 in 2016, and triumphed in its opening conference contests, 1-0, over Penn and 2-1 against Yale, before drawing Cornell, 0-0. Margaret Purce leads the team and the Ivy League with 10 goals and 23 points, while senior Rachel Garcia has pitched in three goals and three helpers. Lizzie Durack has spent the most time in goal, making 21 saves, while Harvard has tallied five shutouts on the season.
On the National Leaderboard
Senior Margaret Purce is one of the country's most-dangerous goal scorers, and she ranks 11th nationally in goals per game (0.83) with 10 total scores. Additionally, Purce is 10th nationally on the active career goals list, with 40, and she is second in the country in shots per game (5.67).
Brown holds a 7-2-3 record on the season with a 2-1 mark in Ivy play. The Bears have allowed only five goals this season, led by Christine Etzel's 0.33 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Offensively, Carly Gound and Celia Story have each found the back of the net three times.
The Crimson holds a 27-18-3 lead over Brown in the all-time series, and have topped the Bears in each of the last seven meetings.
Climbing the Ladder
Senior Margaret Purce sits third in program history with 40 goals, recently passing Naomi Miller '99 and Emily Stauffer '98-99 on the list. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack, meanwhile, is tied for 10th on the all-time career saves list.
1. Kelly Landry '85 - 68
2. Sue St. Louis '81-83 – 65
3. Margaret Purce '17 – 40
1. Tracee Whitley '88 – 424
9. Ann Diamond '84 – 138
T-10. Bethan Kanten '15 - 118
T-10. Lizzie Durack '17 - 118
Around the Ancient Eight
Harvard is currently second in the Ivy League with a 2-0-1 record, trailing Columbia's 3-0 mark by two points. The Crimson has overwhelmed Ancient Eight opponents the past three-plus seasons, posting a remarkable 19-2-3 record. Individually, senior Margaret Purce leads the conference with 10 goals.
At the Helm
Chris Hamblin was introduced as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer in March. Hamblin was previously an assistant coach at Harvard, where he helped lead the Crimson to three Ivy titles with 13 All-Ivy League first team selections.
Lizzie Durack and Margaret Purce were named to the U-23 national teams for England and the United States, respectively, for the Nordic Cup in June. Durack led her team to a victory in penalty kicks over the United States in the tournament's final contest, but Purce and the Americans won the tournament on goal differential.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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. The #ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 17-8-6 record in Cambridge. Harvard is 4-1-2 at home in 2016 with four shutouts.
Class of 2020
In May, Chris Hamblin announced six members of the class of 2020: Zoe Aigberomwan-Isibor, Maggie Basta, Kimaya Cole, Kat Hess, Lauren Spohn and Meg Tveit. The group joins the Crimson from four states across the country.
Full release: Women's Soccer Announces Class of 2020
Keep an Eye Out
For the third-straight season, senior Margaret Purce was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, which is presented annually to the nation's top player. Purce has led the Crimson in scoring during each of her three seasons in Cambridge.
The Crimson travels to Princeton for a pivotal Ivy clash on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.