Harvard followed up a narrow 2-1 loss to the Wildcats (4-5-0) on Friday afternoon with a convincing 3-0 victory over the Pirates (0-6-2) on Sunday.
The next five days for the Harvard women’s soccer team will perhaps be a test of two things: endurance and the ability to fine-tune. Can the Crimson squad, sitting on a 4-2 record for the year, pull through a grueling stretch of three games in five days while continuing to dutifully prepare for the quickly-approaching Ivy League conference play?
The Harvard women’s soccer team kicked off its most travel-intensive week of the season this past weekend, heading to central New York to face off against ACC foe Syracuse. Combined with its trip to Pennsylvania this coming Friday, the Crimson will have traveled over 1,200 miles round-trip in just over a week.
Playing in its first road game of the year, the Crimson totaled two shots on goal in the shutout loss.
The impressive curl on the corner was all the Crimson (1-0-0) would need, as it closed out the game with its defense to notch its first win of the season, 1-0, over the Friars (0-3-0). The home victory marked the third win in the past four seasons for Harvard in the head-to-head series.
On the strength of Adam Fox’s and Alex Kerfoot’s playmaking, as well as another strong performance by sophomore winger Ryan Donato, the Crimson came away with a comfortable 5-2 victory in front of its home fans.
Harvard's win completes an undefeated run through the conference slate for the team, the third time it has done so since 2011.
In a 2-2 tie against Boston University, Harvard turned in one of the best performances of the season, peppering the Terriers with 27 shots.
After 110 minutes of play, the matchup between the Crimson and Big Red ended in a 0-0 stalemate. The draw ended a five-game win streak for Harvard.
The Harvard women’s soccer team (5-3-0, 0-0-0 Ivy) is heading into conference play on a hot streak, having won its last three games by a combined margin of 8-2. Unfortunately for the Crimson, however, lining up on the opposite side of the field this Saturday afternoon will be Penn (4-1-1, 0-0-0), the only team in the Ivy League that can lay claim to having even more momentum.
The win marks Harvard’s (3-3-0) first road victory of the 2016 campaign, as it had lost its two previous games away from Cambridge, to Louisville and Boston College.
With 34 goals now to her name, Purce is only three away from tying Naomi Miller ’98 and Emily Stauffer ’99 for third on the all-time Crimson scoring list.
After winning its last two games, Sunday's loss against Louisville put the women's soccer team back even with work to do to be successful down the stretch.
Senior forward Midge Purce’s strike proved to be the difference in the game, as Harvard walked off Jordan Field with a 1-0 victory over Army
By the time the rain had stopped on the damp Friday night showdown at Stevenson-Pincince Field, in Providence, R.I., it was Harvard who had emerged with a nailbiting, 13-12 victory.