Chagares, Purce Lead Women’s Soccer Over Yale, 2-1

The Crimson defense allowed only two Yale shots (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a rainy night at Jordan Field, Harvard women's soccer used a pair of second half goals to push past Yale, 2-1, in its second Ivy contest of the season. Harvard improved to 7-3 on the season, with a 2-0 mark in Ivy action, while Yale fell to 4-4-3 with a 0-1-1 mark in conference play.

Junior Caroline Chagares and senior Margaret Purce found the back of the net for Harvard, their first and ninth of the season, respectively. Sophomore Leah Mohammadi tallied a pair of assists in the game, while senior Rachel Garcia recorded one. Senior Lizzie Durack spent all 90 minutes between the pipes to earn the win.

Harvard outshot the Bulldogs by a wide margin, 17-2, but Yale struck first in the eighth minute off the head of Aerial Chavarin. Meg Byfield dealt the assist on the goal.

Knocking on the door throughout the second half, the Crimson equalized with a set piece goal in the 74th minute from Purce. Mohammadi started the play with a free kick near midfield, and Garcia flicked the ball to a waiting Purce for the volley home.

With just under 10 minutes to play, Chagares netted her first-career goal with a game-winning header from the six-yard box. Mohammadi played an in-swinging ball off a corner kick, and Chagares redirected it into top right corner.

Yale had a chance to even the score in the final minutes, but Durack came up with a save to secure the victory.

Harvard women's soccer hosts Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Jordan Field. The 1 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.