Women’s Soccer Blanks Army, 1-0

Purce tallied her first goal of the year for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Earning its first victory of the season in shutout fashion, Harvard women's soccer blanked Army, 1-0, on Monday night at Jordan Field. The win moved the Crimson to 1-1 on the season, while Army fell to 0-4 overall.

Senior Margaret Purce scored in the 11th minute to give Harvard the lead, scoring on the breakaway after taking the ball from a Black Knight defender. The unassisted goal moved Purce into a tie for fifth on the all-time Harvard career goals list with 31. Classmate Lizzie Durack earned her 10th-career shutout in goal.

The win, which was the first for Chris Hamblin as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer, saw the Crimson outshoot its opponent, 15-4, and gain 10 corner kicks against only one for Army.

Following the Purce goal in the 11th minute, Harvard nearly doubled its advantage when senior Joan Fleischman found herself free at the penalty spot, but her volley deflected off the crossbar in the 27th minute. Not long after, sophomore Zayne Matulis hit the post with a header at the back post.

Harvard tallied six shots in the second half, and had a pair of breakaway attempts from freshman Maggie Basta and Purce. Unable to secure a second score, Harvard held on for the 1-0 victory.

The Crimson takes the field next on Thursday, September 1 when Central Connecticut State visits Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.