Women’s Soccer Ends Ivy Slate at Columbia

Women’s Soccer Ends Ivy Slate at Columbia

Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Columbia
Nov. 7, 2015
4 p.m.
Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium
 Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads 25-3-1
W, 2-1 (Nov. 8, 2014)

Purce has tallied five goals and 12 points in Ancient Eight contests (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in its final regular season contest, Harvard women's soccer heads to New York for a Saturday, Nov. 7 clash with Columbia. The 4 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Dartmouth on Halloween in the team's final game at Jordan Field.

Harvard honored its five graduating seniors with an on-field Senior Day ceremony prior to the match. Haley Washburn, Lauren Varela, Alika Keene, Emily Mosbacher and Brooke Dickens helped the Crimson to two Ivy League championships during their tenure in Cambridge and a total of 39 wins.

Mosbacher was Harvard's lone goal scorer, netting her second of the year off a feed from Margaret Purce. The senior finished the afternoon with five shots, including three on goal, with Purce firing seven to give the Crimson a 19-13 advantage in shots. Lizzie Durack registered six saves in goal to earn the draw.

Related Link: Women's Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw with Dartmouth on Senior Day

21st Harvard Coaching Endowment
Harvard University and Bob Scalise, the John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics, have announced the 21st endowment of a Harvard coaching position: The Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer.

Made possible through the generosity of Nicholas Branca '90 and his wife Stacy, the endowment will enable the women's soccer program to continue its rich history of success.

Full Release: Harvard Announces Endowment of Women's Soccer Coaching Position

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson holds a 7-7-2 record on the season, including a 4-2-0 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 18 points while Rachel Garcia has tallied three goals and eight points. Purce ranks sixth in the country with 5.33 shots per game. In front of the net, Lizzie Durack boasts a 0.86 goals-against average with 43 saves and six shutouts this season.

Feature Video: "I Will Survive"

Player of the Week
For the second time in as many weeks, Harvard women's soccer's Margaret Purce was recognized as the Ivy 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.

Climbing the Ladder
With her score against Brown Oct. 17, junior 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 Columbia
Columbia is 7-7-1 on the season with a 3-2-1 mark in Ivy action. Emma Anderson leads the Lions attack with seven goals and 16 points, while Rachel Alexander and Caroline Militello have tallied six points apiece. Allison Spencer has seen the most action between the posts, recording a 1.01 goals-against average with 54 saves.

By The Numbers

  • 12: Harvard has outshot its opponents in 12 of its 16 games, and fired a season-high 25 against the Quakers Sept. 26 and the Bears Oct. 17.
  • 23: 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.
  • 369: Harvard opened the Ivy season with 369 consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal.

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.

Follow @Harvard_WSoccer for in-game updates.

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

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.

Home Field Advantage
Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvard boasts a 13-7-4 record at Jordan Field. Harvard has played seven games at Jordan Field in 2015, sporting a 0.83 goals-against average in those contests. Creating chances, the Crimson is averaging 20.0 shots and 5.6 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.

On the Sidelines
Ray Leone, the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer, is in his ninth year at the helm for the Crimson, tallying an 89-50-17 (.625) 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.