CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brown University women's soccer held defending Ivy League champion Harvard University without a goal for over 72 minutes, but two-time First Team All-Ivy performer Margaret Purce scored in the 73rd minute to lift the hosts to a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
The Crimson (7-6-1, 4-0-0 Ivy), winners of three of the last four Ivy titles (2011, 2013, 2014), remained undefeated in Ivy play with the victory over the visiting Bears (4-7-2, 0-3-1 Ivy). In league play, Harvard has now outscored its competition 9-0 on the season.
Purce, who has won Ivy Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks, netted her eighth goal of the season as the Crimson sent a ball into the box from midfield which Rachel Garcia flicked onto Purce, the 2013 Ivy Player of the Year, who then found the back of the net at 72:32.
Brown freshman goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made five saves while Harvard goalie Lizzie Durack turned aside two shots in the shutout.
The Bears logged a pair of shots on goal in the first quarter hour as junior Sydney Calas (Bethesda, Md.) placed a shot on frame in the 12th minute, and junior Carly Gould (Hampton Falls, N.H.) challenged Durack with a header on target from just outside the goal area in the 15th minute.
Garcia led all players with eight shots, two on goal, while Purce totaled six shots, and Emily Mosbacher tallied five shots, two on goal. Gould paced the Bears with two shots.
For the match, Harvard held advantages in shots on goal (6-2), shots (25-5), and corner kicks (5-1). The Crimson out-shot the Bears, 12-0, in the second half. Brown finished with 10 fouls while Harvard posted five fouls.
Next, Brown continues Ivy play at Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m.