The Crimson is unbeaten in its last eight contests (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nearing the final stretch of Ivy action in 2016, Harvard women's soccer travels to Princeton for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 22. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
After a dramatic finish in regulation, Harvard women's soccer earned its third-consecutive tie, playing even with Brown, 1-1, on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field. The tie extended the Crimson's unbeaten streak to eight games.
Harvard got a late goal from senior Rachel Garcia, scoring in the 89th minute to send the game into overtime. The play was assisted by senior Margaret Purce and sophomore Leah Mohammadi, the fourth assist for both players on the season. Senior Lizzie Durack played all 110 minutes in goal, making three saves.
It has been 42 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. The Crimson hold a goal differential of plus-eight with two shutouts over the eight-game unbeaten stretch.
The Crimson's last unbeaten streak of at least eight 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 to push Harvard's unbeaten streak to eight games, senior forward Rachel Garcia was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for the span of Oct. 10-16. The honor was the first weekly award of Garcia's career.
The Duluth, Georgia native began the week with a goal and an assist on Tuesday night against Boston University, aiding the Crimson to a 2-2 draw. The senior found the back of the net for the second-straight outing on Saturday against Brown, scoring heroically in the 89th minute with a header to the top left corner.
The award is Harvard's third of the year, as Margaret Purce earned the honor twice, Sept. 5 and 19.
Harvard is 7-3-3 in 2016, and triumphed in its opening conference contests, 1-0, over Penn and 2-1 against Yale, before drawing Cornell and Brown, 0-0 and 1-1, respectively. 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 24 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 14th nationally in goals per game (0.77) with 10 total scores. Additionally, Purce is 10th nationally on the active career goals list, with 40, and she leads in the country in shots per game (5.92).
Princeton is 9-3-1 on the season, and holds a 1-2-1 record in Ivy League play. Dropping two-straight contests, the Tigers' offense is led by Tyler Lussi's nine goals and 22 points, while Mimi Asom has scored five of her own. In goal, Natalie Grossi has started all 13 games, boasting a 0.92 goals-against average with 41 saves.
The Crimson holds a 28-11-1 lead over Princeton in the all-time series, winning last in 2014.
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 - 121
Around the Ancient Eight
Harvard is currently second in the Ivy League with a 2-0-2 record, trailing Columbia's 4-0 mark by four points. The Crimson has overwhelmed Ancient Eight opponents the past three-plus seasons, posting a remarkable 19-2-4 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 its road schedule for 2016 at Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 29. The 11 a.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.