Purce tallied her first goal of the season in the contest (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing its third game in five days, Harvard women's soccer fell late to 25th-ranked Connecticut, 2-1, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Margaret Purce tallied her first goal of the season in the 70th minute when she redirected Joan Fleischman's cross into the upper right corner. The strike was the 22nd-career goal for the junior. Lizzie Durack recorded a career-high nine saves in front of the net for the Crimson.
Harvard tallied the first three shots of the game, but UConn held the overall advantage in shots, 17-6. Purce nearly broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 51st minute, but her shot deflected off the crossbar. 19 minutes later, Fleischman's cross found Purce to give Harvard a 1-0 lead.
Connecticut stole the game with a pair of goals in the final five minutes off the feet of Samantha McGuire and Rachel Hill, the latter score coming with just 36 seconds remaining on the clock.
Harvard travels south for a Friday, Sept. 11 matchup with No. 1 Virginia at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville before taking on William & Mary on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.