Margaret Purce

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Margaret Purce
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Purce playing for Boston Breakers in 2017
Personal information
Full nameMargaret Purce
Date of birth (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Olney, Maryland, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Number 23
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2013–2016 Harvard Crimson 69 (42)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2017 Boston Breakers 22 (1)
2018– Portland Thorns 38 (8)
National team
2011–2012 United States U17
2013–2014 United States U20
2015–2018 United States U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of September 5, 2019

Margaret "Midge" Purce (born September 18, 1995) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She previously played with the Boston Breakers in 2017 and for the Harvard Crimson in 2013–2016.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

Portland Thorns FC soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Portland, Oregon, USA

The Portland Thorns FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Portland, Oregon. Established in 2012, the team began play in 2013 in the then-eight-team National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), which receives support from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and formerly the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). The Portland franchise is owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, which also owns the Portland Timbers. The Thorns, the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, and the Utah Royals are other NWSL teams with Major League Soccer affiliations.

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Early life

Purce is the daughter of James Purce, and has an older brother, JP Purce. She began playing soccer as a child, following in the footsteps of her brother. [1] She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic High School in her hometown of Olney, Maryland, where she was named Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012 and an NSCAA All-American in 2010 and 2011. [2]

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Montgomery County, Maryland) Private, coeducational school in Olney, Maryland

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is a private, Catholic, college-preparatory, coeducational high school in Olney, Maryland, an unincorporated area of Montgomery County, Maryland. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Olney, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

Olney is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is located in the north central part of the county, twenty miles (32 km) north of Washington, D.C. It was largely agricultural until the 1960s, when growth of the Washington suburbs led to its conversion into a mostly residential area. As generally defined, Olney had a total population of 33,844 in the 2010 U.S. Census. In 2013 it was ranked #22 in Money magazine's "top-earning towns" edition of "America's Best Places to Live." In 2007, Olney ranked #17 on Money magazine's list of the 100 best places to live in America.

College career

Harvard Crimson, 2013–2016

Purce scored 42 goals in 69 appearances with the Harvard University women's soccer team, and was named Ivy League Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016, and a first-team NSCAA All-American in 2016. She majored in psychology at Harvard [2] in pursuit of a future law career. [1]

Harvard University Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 13,100 postgraduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning. Its history, influence, wealth, and academic reputation have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has often been cited as the world's top university by most publishers.

Ivy League Athletic conference of 8 American universities

The Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The term Ivy League is typically used to refer to those eight schools as a group of elite colleges beyond the sports context. The eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

Club career

Boston Breakers, 2017

After playing for Harvard, Purce was drafted by the Boston Breakers with the 9th pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. [3] She appeared in 22 games for Boston and scored one goal. [4]

The Boston Breakers was an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.

The 2017 NWSL College Draft was held on January 12, 2017 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Los Angeles, California.

Portland Thorns FC, 2018–present

After the Breakers folded in January 2018, [5] the league held a dispersal draft for the Breakers' players; Purce was selected with the 4th pick by the Portland Thorns. [6]

The 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft was held by the National Women's Soccer League on January 30, 2018, after the Boston Breakers ceased operations on January 28, 2018. The draft order is determined using a random weighted draw based on teams' playoffs qualification in the 2017 NWSL season.

Purce made 21 appearances and 16 starts for the Thorns in 2018, playing primarily as a right fullback. During the 2019 NWSL season, Purce moved into wide and central forward positions, and at one point scored 5 goals in a span of 5 games. [1]

International career

Youth USWNT (2011–2018)

Purce was called up to the United States women's national U17, U20, and U23 teams. She played in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, made 4 appearances and 3 starts in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, [7] [8] and scored goals for the US U20s against France in a friendly [9] and against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF U20 Championship. [10]

Senior USWNT (2017–)

Purce received her first call-up to the United States women's national team for the 2017 Tournament of Nations but she did not appear in any of the three games. [11] She received another call-up in June 2018 for a pair of friendlies against China PR, but she sustained an ankle injury in training camp and was ruled out for the two friendlies. [12]

Awards

NWSL Player of the Week: 2019 week 19 [13]

NWSL Team of the Month: June 2019, [14] August 2019 [15]

NWSL Goal of the Week: 2019 week 8 [16]

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