The Crimson is unbeaten in its last eight contests (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking its talents on the road for the final time in 2016, Harvard women's soccer travels to Dartmouth for an 11 a.m. clash on Saturday, Oct. 29. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Holding the opposing offense off the board, Harvard women's soccer used an early goal to shut out Princeton, 1-0, on Saturday at Roberts Stadium. The win extended the Crimson's unbeaten streak to nine games.
The Crimson (8-3-3, 3-0-2 Ivy) defense posted its sixth shutout of the year against the Tigers (9-4-1, 1-3-1 Ivy), including the fourth of the season for senior Lizzie Durack. Durack tied a season-high with seven saves, and lowered her goals-against average for the season to 0.85.
It has been 49 days since the last Crimson loss, with Harvard winning five straight games from Sept. 11-Oct. 1 before notching a trio of ties Oct. 8, 11 and 15. Harvard shut out Princeton last week, 1-0. The Crimson holds a goal differential of plus-nine with three shutouts over the nine-game unbeaten stretch.
The Crimson's last unbeaten streak of at least nine games came from Sept. 13-Nov. 9, 2013, when the Crimson closed the season on a 14-game unbeaten streak.
Player of the Week
Helping Harvard move its unbeaten streak to nine games, senior Karly Zlatic of the women's soccer team has been selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for Oct. 17-23, as announced by the league office on Monday.
Zlatic netted the game-winning goal for the Crimson in a 1-0 shutout of Princeton, helping Harvard move to 3-0-2 in Ivy League play. The La Jolla, California native took advantage of a poor clearance by the Tigers, heading the ball across the goal line from 15 yards. The score was her third of the season and seventh of her career.
Harvard is 8-3-3 in 2016, including a 3-0-2 mark in Ivy League play. Margaret Purce leads the team and the Ivy League with 10 goals and 24 points, while senior Rachel Garcia has pitched in four goals and three helpers. Lizzie Durack has spent the most time in goal, making 31 saves, while Harvard has tallied six shutouts on the season.
On the National Leaderboard
Senior Margaret Purce is one of the country's most-dangerous goal scorers, and she ranks 24th nationally in goals per game (0.71) with 10 total scores. Additionally, Purce is 10th nationally on the active career goals list, with 40, and she ranks third in the country in shots per game (5.50).
The Big Green is 6-5-2 on the season, including a 0-3-2 mark in Ivy League play. Charlotte Etsy leads the Dartmouth offense with three goals and eight points, while Meredith Gurnee and Holly Patterson have five points apiece. Casey Cousinaeu has spent every minute between the posts, compiling a 0.59 goals-against average with six shutouts.
The Crimson holds a 18-16-4 lead over Dartmouth in the all-time series, drawing a year ago, 1-1.
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 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
10. Lizzie Durack '17 - 128
Around the Ancient Eight
Harvard is currently second in the Ivy League with a 3-0-2 record, trailing Columbia's 4-0-1 mark by two points. The Crimson has overwhelmed Ancient Eight opponents the past three-plus seasons, posting a remarkable 20-2-4 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 closes the regular season when it hosts Columbia for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 5. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.