Purce ’17 Debuts with United States Women’s National Team

Midge Purce with Harvard in 2016
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Making Harvard and Ivy League history over the weekend, women's soccer alumna Midge Purce '17 earned her first career appearance with the United States Women's National Team (USWNT). She is the first Harvard and Ivy League player to debut for the United States.

"It's fantastic to see Midge represent the USWNT, she has worked so hard to earn her opportunity," said Chris Hamblin, The Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer. "It highlights that Harvard student-athletes can earn a world class education and play at the highest level. With the Ivy League becoming more and more competitive, hopefully Midge will be the first of many Ivy League players to represent the USWNT."

Purce started and played all 90 minutes at right back against Costa Rica, and played a dangerous cross that led to an own goal to give the Americans a 6-0 lead. The call up was Purce's third to the USWNT.

The Olney, Maryland native was a two-time All-American and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a senior, and was honored as the Radcliffe Prize recipient in 2017 as Harvard's top female student-athlete. She joined a select group of two-time Ivy League Players of the Year, and was a four-time Ancient Eight first team honoree.

Photo courtesy of Brad Smith/ISI Photos