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The Crimson (3-2-0) suffered its first defeats of the young season, losing on the road to Boston College (7-1-0) before suffering a narrow defeat at home against Colgate (5-1-1).
The last time the Harvard women’s soccer team traveled to University of Rhode Island, the Crimson suffered a 3-2 loss in double overtime in 2011. In a Tuesday night showdown three years later, Harvard (3-0-0) reversed that score, dealing the Rams (4-1-1) their first loss of the season.
Sophomore forward Midge Purce, pictured above in previous action, was Harvard's leading scorer a year ago, and continued her ways this weekend, tallying two goals against Providence.
With the exception of its season-ending loss to BU in the NCAA tournament, the Harvard women’s soccer team finished its 2013 campaign by going unbeaten in 13 straight matches. This weekend, the Crimson opened its 2014 season in strong fashion, as its young stars carried the team to two victories.
Midge Purce returns for her sophomore season after garnering Ivy League Rookie and Player of the Year honors in her freshman campaign.
A year after finishing undefeated in Ivy League play for the first time since 1999, the Harvard women’s soccer team is ready to continue its success in 2014.
Peyton Johnson will graduate as a two-time co-captain and two-time Ivy League champion. She may be leaving Cambridge, but her legacy of competitive spirit will remain with the team long after she departs.
Naturally, Harvard coach Ray Leone hoped Midge Purce would make an immediate impact upon her arrival in Cambridge, as the Crimson looked to rebound from a fourth-place finish in the Ivy League in 2012. Purce, on the other hand, had only one expectation for herself and all of her teammates.
Harvard opened its campaign with three consecutive losses for the first time since 1996, but a 1-0 win at home against LIU Brooklyn turned its season around and the squad went undefeated over its next 14 games.
Peyton’s tangible contributions to helping our team win games can be looked up in statistical archives and box scores, but what I think is even more worth mentioning are the intangibles that have made her a great leader in our program and in athletics in general at Harvard.
Women's soccer co-captain Peyton Johnson was part of two Ivy League championship teams in her four years, including an undefeated Ancient Eight campaign this season. But her career came to an end following a 1-0 lose to Boston University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Crimson (12-4-2, 7-0 Ivy) saw its season come to end on Saturday as No. 25 Boston University (15-3-4, 8-1-0 Patriot) came away with a 1-0 victory at Nickerson Field. The Terriers’ win ended Harvard’s 14th NCAA Tournament appearance.
After clinching the Ivy League title last week with a 2-1 win over Dartmouth, the Harvard women’s soccer team continued their roll through the Ivies with a 2-1 win over Columbia. The Crimson finished the season with a 7-0 conference record, marking the first time since 1999 that Harvard has been perfect in the Ivy League.
After a slow start, the Harvard women’s soccer team is poised to win the Ivy League championship. Leading the Crimson is newcomer Midge Purce. The freshman forward leads the Ivy League with 16 goals and 26 points.