Women’s Soccer Looks to Remain Unbeaten in Ivy Play against Princeton

Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Princeton
Oct. 24, 2015
1:30 p.m.
Jordan Field
 Ivy League Digital Network
Andy Towne, Nick Koop
Harvard leads 28-10-1
W, 5-4 (Oct. 25, 2014)

Purce has won each of the last two Ivy League Player of the Week awards (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In search of its sixth straight victory and a 5-0-0 start in Ivy League action, Harvard women's soccer hosts Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 24. The 1:30 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Harvard women's soccer upended Brown by a score of 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Jordan Field to earn its fifth-consecutive victory and remain undefeated in Ivy League play. The Crimson has not allowed a score against Ancient Eight opponents in 360 minutes of action.

Harvard broke through in the 72nd minute, as junior forward Margaret Purce buried her eighth goal of the season. Striding through the midfield, senior Emily Mosbacher sent a pass in front of the box, where junior Rachel Garcia settled it and flicked it on to the Olney, Maryland native. Purce sent the one-timer to the left of the diving keeper to for the lone score of the match. The tally put her in sole possession of No. 6 all-time at Harvard in career goals.

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Player of the Week
For the second consecutive week, Harvard women's soccer's Margaret Purce has been recognized as the league's top weekly performer. The Ivy League announced Purce as the Co-Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 12.

Purce tallied four points on the week, scoring goals against Boston University and Cornell. Purce has totaled a team-best seven goals on the season, including five in the past three games, and sits sixth on Harvard's all-time goals list with 29.

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson holds a 7-6-1 record on the season, including a 4-0-0 Ancient Eight mark after shutting out Penn, Yale, Cornell and Brown in the first four Ivy contests of the season. Margaret Purce leads the team with eight goals and 16 points while Bailey Gary and Rachel Garcia have tallied six points apiece. Purce ranks seventh in the country with 5.38 shots per game. In front of the net, Lizzie Durack boasts a 0.77 goals-against average with 35 saves and six shutouts this season.

Climbing the Ladder
With her score against Brown Oct. 17, Margaret Purce moved into sole possession of sixth place on Harvard's career goals list with 29. Purce is two goals away from breaking into the top five.

Scouting Princeton
A game with significant Ivy League implications, Princeton, like Harvard, is undefeated in conference play at 4-0-0. At 11-3-0 on the season, junior Tyler Lussi has led the Tigers' attack with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points, while leading the country with six shots per game. In goal Hannah Winner has started 12 games, and holds a 1.27 goals-against average with 30 saves.

On Oct. 14, Margaret Purce's goal against Cornell made Harvard's weekly countdown of the top-five plays:

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.

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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.

Follow @Harvard_WSoccer for in-game updates.

Clutch Moments
Senior Brooke Dickens has tallied a pair of game-winning goals this season, providing the crucial score against Army and Penn. Against the Black Knights, 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. At home versus the Quakers, Dickens blasted a left-footed shot into the upper netting 27 seconds before the half.

Clean Sheets
Harvard blanked 10 opponents during the 2014 season, and has continued the trend with six shutouts in 2015. Lizzie Durack has blanked six opponents in 2015: Army in the season debut, Alabama Sept. 4, Penn Sept. 26, Yale Oct. 3, Cornell Oct. 10 and Brown Oct. 17. The Sydney, Australia native has posted nine shutouts in her career.

Golden Goal
Harvard women's soccer walked off with its second victory of the season, taking down New Hampshire Sept. 17, 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.

By The Numbers

  • 10: Harvard has outshot its opponents in 10 of its 14 games, and fired a season-high 25 against the Quakers Sept. 26 and the Bears Oct. 17.
  • 40: The Crimson has played the 40th-toughest schedule in the country, based off win-loss percentage, and played three consecutive ranked teams from Sept. 6-13.
  • 360: Harvard has not allowed an Ivy League goal in 360 minutes.

What's Next?
Harvard hosts Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Jordan Field. The 1:30 p.m. kickoff can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 13-5-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard has played six games at Jordan Field in 2015, sporting a 0.64 goals-against average in those contests. The Crimson is averaging 20.3 shots and 5.7 corner kicks per game at home.

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 led Harvard in scoring during each of her first two years on campus.

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 89-48-17 (.633) 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.