Women’s Soccer Posts 1-0 Shutout over Columbia in Ivy League Finale

Women’s Soccer Posts 1-0 Shutout over Columbia in Ivy League Finale

Harvard tied a season-high with 25 shots (Gil Talbot).

NEW YORK – In the final Ivy League contest of 2015, Harvard women's soccer toppled Columbia 1-0 at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the result, the Crimson locked up a second-place conference finish.

Junior Margaret Purce supplied the Harvard goal in the 52nd minute to send the team to victory. Sophomore Dani Stollar played a pass to Purce, who buried an attempt in the bottom left corner. Emily Mosbacher was also credited an assist on the goal. Harvard dominated the flow of play, and outshot Columbia 25-2 in the contest. Freshman Danielle Etzel and junior Lizzie Durack split time in goal for the shutout.

Rachel Garcia had a trio of good looks to get Harvard on the board early, but could not break the deadlock as Gabby Dubick made the stops. The junior, along with Purce, took a game-high eight shots.

Continuing to fire attempts at goal, junior Bailey Gary hit the post with a dangerous shot in the 38th minute, and junior Marissa Segala's header was saved moments later. The game went to the break even at 0-0, with the Crimson holding an 11-1 advantage in shots.

Purce broke through 6:35 into the second half for her team-leading ninth goal of the year and 30th of her career. Stollar earned her second assist of the season, helping Purce tally 20 points for the third-straight year.

The Crimson held Columbia to only one shot over the final 45 minutes, compared to 14 for Harvard, and sailed to its eighth victory of the season.

Harvard women's soccer ended the year 8-7-2 with a 5-1-1 mark in Ivy League Play.