Women’s Soccer Matches Up with Massachusetts for Sunday Showdown

Women’s Soccer Matches Up with Massachusetts for Sunday Showdown

Last Meeting

Harvard at Massachusetts
Sept. 20, 2015
1 p.m.
Sortino Field
Harvard trails 11-14-2
T, 0-0 (2ot) (Sept. 29, 2014)

Purce and Garcia found the back of the net in Harvard's last contest versus New Hampshire (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off an overtime victory over New Hampshire, Harvard women's soccer travels to in-state rival Massachusetts for a Sunday, Sept. 20 contest at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out
Harvard women's soccer walked off with its second victory of the season, taking down New Hampshire, 2-1, after junior Rachel Garcia's goal 2:31 into overtime.

Garcia received a pass from senior Emily Mosbacher at the top of the 18-yard box and took one dribble before chipping the ball over the Wildcats' goalkeeper and into the back of the net. The score represented the first points of the year for Garcia and Mosbacher.


Scouting Harvard
The Crimson holds a 2-4-1 record on the season, taking down Army and New Hampshire while earning a draw with Alabama. Margaret Purce leads the squad with two goals, four points and 34 shots, while Joan Fleischman is close behind with three points. Lizzie Durack boasts a 1.19 goals-against average with 23 saves and two shutouts this season.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third 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. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

By The Numbers
Harvard has outshot its opponents in five of its seven games, and fired a season-high 24 against the Wildcats Sept. 17. The Crimson has played the 23rd-toughest schedule in the country, based off win-loss percentage, and played three consecutive ranked teams from Sept. 6-13. The team has earned nine corner kicks three times in 2015.

In the Spotlight
Junior forward Margaret Purce was named to the MAC Hermann watch list for the second consecutive year. The only Ivy League student-athlete to appear on the list, Purce has led Harvard in scoring during each of her two years on campus.

Scouting Massachusetts
The Minutewomen are 2-3-2 on the season, including a 2-1-0 mark at home in Amherst. UMass has played a pair of Ivy League teams in Yale and Brown thus far, splitting a pair of 1-0 decisions. Five different student-athletes have scored and Laura Johns leads the team with three points. Harvard is unbeaten against UMass since 1995.

Clutch Moment
In Harvard's season opener at Army, senior Brooke Dickens scored the game-winning goal in the 71st minute when her shot from 20 yards beat the Black Knights' goalkeeper just underneath the crossbar. The goal was the fourth of Dickens' career.

What's Next?
Harvard returns home for a Thursday, Sept. 22 contest with Providence at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Fresh Faces
In July, head coach Ray Leone announced nine new student-athletes joining the 2015 roster. The additions to the Harvard squad are Charlotte Davis, Danielle Etzel, Rachel Garcia (transfer from Georgia), Jenny Kronish, Zayne Matulis, Leah Mohammadi, Hannah Natanson, Alli Wiggins and Niki Young.

Clean Sheets
Harvard blanked 10 opponents during the 2014 season, with one shutout credited to junior Lizzie Durack. The Sydney, Australia native blanked Army in the season debut and Alabama Sept. 4 for her fourth and fifth-career shutouts.

A Year Ago
A high-octane offense led the Crimson to an 11-5-2 overall record in 2014 with a 5-1-1 mark in Ancient Eight games. The strong play pushed Harvard to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Ray Leone, and its first NCAA Tournament victory (6-0 over Central Connecticut State) since 2001. Seven Harvard student-athletes earned All-Ivy recognition and Leone was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year.

On the Sidelines
Head coach Ray Leone is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 84-46-17 (.634) record in the process. The 2014 Ivy League Coach of the Year, Leone has coached 19 first team All-Ivy and 15 second team All-Ivy players, and the Crimson has won the Ivy League five times under Leone's watch.